The nation’s No. 2 recruit just announced his commitment. Five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was expected to be deciding between Oregon and Alabama and he did just that on Saturday afternoon.
The five-star recruit held down the No. 1 spot for the majority of the year before fellow five-star defensive end Nolan Smith took over later. Florida State was the early leader in the clubhouse to land Thibodeaux, though his recruitment shifted several times over the course of the year.
Oregon entered as the favorite to land the top recruit this week, but Alabama made a late charge. So, which program landed the top recruit?
Thibodeaux revealed his commitment on ESPN – during his birthday no less:
Kayvon Thibodeaux picks Oregon over Alabama. Mario Cristobal with a big recruiting win.
— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) December 15, 2018
The star defensive end is a huge get for Mario Cristobal – a former Nick Saban assistant. Oregon was already inside the top 10 in terms of its 2019 recruiting class, but the addition of Thibodeaux will have the Ducks rocketing up the ranks.