Things have been going pretty darn well for Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks in recent months. They just wrapped up a 12-2 season that included a Pac-12 title and a thrilling Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. To cap it all off, they had the best class of any Pac-12 team in the 2020 recruiting cycle, per 247Sports.
But it looks like the Ducks have hit a bit of an early snag in their 2021 recruiting efforts. Four-star athlete Anthony Beavers Jr., who committed to Oregon 10 months ago, is changing his mind about heading to Eugene.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Beavers announced that he was de-committing from Oregon and re-opening his recruiting. “As of Today, My Recruitment Is Wide Open,” he wrote.
247Sports rates Beavers as the No. 139 overall prospect in the Class of 2021. He is the No. 11 athlete in the nation, and the No. 15 prospect from the state of California.
As of Today, My Recruitment Is Wide Open – Anthony Beavers JR💯
— DreamChaser🏁🏁 (@BeaversAnthony) February 12, 2020
USC is expected to be the biggest competition for Oregon when it comes to getting Beavers back. He also has scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska and Tennessee, among other schools.
Oregon’s 2021 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12 by 247Sports. Those numbers will likely take a bit of a dip once Beavers’ de-commitment is factored in.
Luckily for the Ducks, they still have a solid head start on the 2021 recruiting cycle. Of their five remaining commitments, four are 4-star recruits.
Even so, losing a highly-touted recruit like Beavers has to hurt the Oregon coaches’ pride quite a bit.
Where will Beavers go now that he’s de-committed from the Ducks?