Oregon has gotten a commitment from three-star defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid, Christian Burkhalter. Burkhalter is out of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and picked the Ducks over offers from Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Virginia, among others.

Christian Burkhalter Makes Commitment to Oregon

While Burkhalter is only listed as a three-star prospect, there’s a lot to like. For starters, he already has a college-ready body in terms of size. Generally with hybrid players they have a lot of weight to add. However, that’s not the case here as Burkhalter is already listed at 6’5″, 230 LBS.

That size, combined with the motor he plays with, makes him a prime candidate to develop. Plus, he will be able to come in right away and be someone that pushes the starters in the front seven and along the offensive line.

Burkhalter is also a prime candidate to come in and contribute right away on special teams. It’s easy to imagine him lining up on kickoff coverage and screaming down the field and wanting to take out the return man.

So while Burkhalter isn’t going to be a headliner of this class, there’s definitely a lot to like.

Taking a Look at Oregon’s Class

With this commitment, Oregon jumps from fifth to third nationally. Of course the recruiting cycle isn’t over yet and the rankings can change in a big way. However, you can’t discredit what this staff is doing.

With that being said, this class is light on the front seven so far. Keanu Williams and Keith Brown highlight things in the front seven with Brandon Buckner also committed.

However, that is a little big by design. This coaching staff has done a great job the past two cycles on the defensive front, and skill-position players along with defensive backs were the biggest needs in this class. That doesn’t mean the Ducks still couldn’t end up with more big-time defensive lineman, however, because they are very much in the mix for a few of the top defensive lineman in the country.

By Jared Woodcock

I am the founder and owner of Sports Daily Gameday Insight. I am also currently a business student at the University of Oregon


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