Oregon received the commitment from four-star wide receiver Alex Ofodile (Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge) following an unofficial visit four days earlier.
The 6-3, 185-pound receiver is the nation’s No. 73 player regardless of position, the No. 8 receiver and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Missouri, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Ofodile received his offer from Oregon on May 7th and entered into the picture much later than Missouri, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State and Alabama who were pursuing the electric playmaker much earlier than the Ducks.
Officially an Oregon duck!! It’s a blessing words can’t describe my excitement to join the program. Thanks to all who supported me
— Alex Ofodile (@alexofodile4) June 24, 2014
However, it’s safe to say his visit to Eugene last weekend was a home run as he committed four days after his June 20th visit and shut down his recruitment. He is the second highest ranked recruit to commit to Oregon for the 2015 class, trailing five-star all-purpose running back Taj Griffin.
“It was definitely where I felt most comfortable,” Ofodile tells Justin Hopkins of 247Sports. “I know Oregon has to pull talent from all over as they don’t have a lot of in-state talent. So that was a plus to me to have all those different people in one place. I loved the facilities and all of that, but I just got that feeling at Oregon. I knew it was the right place for me.”
Ofodile is coming off a record-breaking season for Rock Bridge high school which is coached by his father and Missouri and Baltimore Ravens tight end Anselm “A.J.” Ofodile when he posted 92 receptions to break the school’s single-season record. He added 1,291 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Oregon was only expected to take one or two receivers in this year’s class so the addition of Ofodile means the Ducks can be selective in who they take at the position from now until National Signing Day in February.
With the addition of Ofodile, the Ducks now own the nation’s No. 26 class and the No. 2 class in the Pac-12.