Analyzing what wide receiver Kyler Kasper’s commitment means for Oregon football

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Oregon made waves on the recruiting trail again on Sunday when the wide receiver Kyler Kasper announced his commitment to the Ducks. As we do with every commitment, we’ll break down what this addition means for Oregon both on the field and on the recruiting track.

Junior Adams’ hot start with the Ducks

Make no mistake, Adams had some pretty big shoes to fill when he got the job at Oregon. The coach he replaced, Bryan McClendon, quickly lived up to his billing to Eugene as former 247 Sports National Recruiter of the Year (2014) by securing the signings of a trio of All-Rookie American in troy franklin, Don’t Thornton and Isaiah Brevard.

Since being officially announced as the wide receivers coach under Dan Lanning on Jan. 3, Adams has secured transfer commitments from UCLA. Chase Cota and produced in 2022 condition Justius Lowe. Wide Receiver is still a very young and relatively inexperienced group for the Ducks, but there is one thing that is definitely not lacking and that is talent.

Adams helped Washington land strong prospects during his time in Seattle in Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan but it’s no exaggeration to say he’s already poised to eclipse that with the mark he now has behind him in Oregon. Kasper is already Adams’ second highest rated engagement (according to 247 Sports).

Ducks beat Tennessee

Although Kasper announced a top 10 in February, it seemed that this recruitment boiled down to the Ducks and the Vols. After all, Tennessee got the last visit leading to the pledge, which is often essential to recruiting.

Additionally, Nico Yamaleava, the Vols’ 5-star quarterback, was on that trip with Kasper and was no doubt a central part of their field. It says a lot about the Ducks that they don’t have that centerpiece of their class of 2023 right now and they were able to get that job done anyway.

Arizona pipeline

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Seems like every year the Ducks get players from Arizona. Well, that’s because it’s one of the most talented emerging states in the west. Kasper will join other Arizona natives Ty Thompson, Brandon Buckner and comrade engage Cole Martin to Eugene.

The Ducks have some great coaches on that staff with ties to Grand Canyon State, including offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham and quarterbacks coach and analyst Jordan Somerville. Oregon is also on the lookout for other prospects from Arizona A’Mauri Washington (DL) and My’Keil Garnder (DL). They would also be wise to pursue the tight end Duce Robinsonthe state’s highest-rated prospect in 2023.

In-depth impact in 2022

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If you weren’t already excited about this commitment, Kasper will be reclassified from 2023 to 2022, which means he will be eligible to help this team in 2022.

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This team lost the majority of its wide receiver production from a season ago with the departures of Devon Williams and Johnny Johnson III among others, but there is still a lot of talent in this position. Thornton, Franklin and Hutson plan to be the main contributors, but expect a healthy dose of Cota, McGee and Crocker in the rotation as well.

Kasper is the caliber of player who has the ability to provide instant impact, and his summer arrival will only serve to further raise the floor of this largely unproven group.

Evaluation

To quote Dan Lanning in Kasper’s engagement video, perhaps the easiest way to describe it is as a game changer.

But let’s talk about how.

Standing 6’5″ and carrying 195 pounds on his frame, there are the obvious benefits that come with this length. Pointing the ball high and having a wider catching radius are a few that come to mind, which will make him a miss with a majority of defensive backs in the Pac-12.

But the biggest trait that stands out about the tape for me would have to be its sheer athleticism. As a basketball player for part of his high school career, Kasper has great jumping ability and strong ball skills, making the necessary adjustments to track the ball through the air.

He’s also quick out of the line of scrimmage and darts quickly. It’s because of this that he gives the Ducks added value in the vertical passing game — something Oregon has been lacking for years.

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