Three-star athlete Bruce Judson, a former Ohio State and South Florida commit, made his decision on Friday night to continue his football career at the University of Oregon, via a post on his Twitter account. He chose the Ducks over his other final school, Oregon State, after taking visits to both campuses within the last month.
With the commitment of four-star wide receiver and Oregon State pledge, Jamire Calvin, to Nebraska, the news of Judson taking his talents to Eugene stars the weekend before National Signing Day on a sour note for the Beavers. Head coach Gary Andersen has assembled a top-fifty class nationally with a bevy of three-star prospects but some upper-echelon pieces, like Calvin and Judson, would’ve been welcome additions to the 2017 recruiting haul. Andersen will now have to hope that momentum picks up before February 1st, where Oregon State expects around twenty verbal commits to sign a “Letter of Intent”. In addition, the possibility of 3-10 more pledges signing up for a future in Corvallis is also on the table.
Judson, who had a long list of suitors for his services previous to choosing Oregon, was most recently committed to South Florida, where he was expecting to play for new-Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart. When Taggart took the Oregon gig in December, Judson decided to re-explore his options and the possibility for following Taggart to Eugene. Throughout the whole re-recruiting process, it seemed like the Ducks were held as a “slight favorite” due to Judson’s previous relationship with the coaching staff.
A native of Cocoa, Florida, Judson is the 18th verbal commit to Oregon’s 2017 class, which is highlighted by four-star prospects in outside linebacker Isaac Llade-Matautia, quarterback Braxton Burmeister, defensive back/wide receiver Jaylon Redd and defensive back/wide receiver Thomas Graham. Oregon and Oregon will meet this season in the “Civil War” on Friday, November 24th at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The Beavers won the 2016 edition of one of college football’s best rivalries, 34-24, in a game in which running back Ryan Nall rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns.