Oregon has been on a hot streak of late on the recruiting trail, and they have now added their highest-ranked recruit to this point in the 2021 class in wide receiver Troy Franklin. Franklin, from Menlo Park, California, is the second-highest ranked four-star recruit in the class of 2021 in the 247 Sports composite rankings. He is also the number two wide receiver and the number three player from the state of California in the composite rankings.
Franklin picked Oregon over the likes of Alabama, Washington, and Arizona State, among others.
Not only is Franklin the highest-ranked wide receiver that Oregon has received a commitment from under Mario Cristobal, but he is the second-highest wide receiver commit in school history behind Cameron Colvin.
247 Sports National Recruiting Editor Brandon Huffman notes the strongest parts of Franklin’s game at this point are his explosiveness off of the line of scrimmage and his ability to both stretch the field and take a short pass and get yards after the catch. Huffman also says Franklin projects as an immediate starter at the power five level.
Under Mario Cristobal, recruiting has had an obvious uptick over the historical norm for Oregon, but one of the main positions they’ve struggled to really hit on is wide receiver. With new receivers coach Bryan McClendon being hailed as a big-time recruiter, immediate benefits are being seen with not only this pickup, but also the potential class of wide receivers Oregon could be putting together in this recruiting cycle.
With Oregon showing they can clearly recruit the trenches, the back end of the defense, and land highly-thought of prep quarterbacks, loading up at the skill-positions is the next step and with commitments from Seven McGee, Kyron Ware-Hudson and Moliki Matavao, Oregon is clearly on its way to doing that this season with those guys alone, but with the way this class could potentially play out, skill positions should be a point of a lot of depth going forward.
With this commitment Oregon jumps up the 8th nationally with more potential commitments coming before this month is over.
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