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Oregon Lands No. 1 WR in the Country, Dakorien Moore

Dan Lanning
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Dan Lanning and the Oregon Ducks gave us real Fourth of July fireworks tonight. After de-committing from LSU in May, Dakorien Moore announced his decision to commit to the Ducks Thursday night.

Moore was favored to land with the Texas Longhorns, given he is from Duncanville. However, a late surge by Lanning swayed him to join the flock in Eugene, Ore.

Moore is the No. 3-ranked player in the country and the top wide receiver on both On3 and 247Sports composite. Moore marks the biggest wide receiver recruit Oregon has ever landed, passing last year's

Jurrion Dickey. This is the second five-star star wideout the Ducks have landed alongside Dallas Wilson, who is ranked No. 26 overall and No. 5 at his position.

Meet Dakorien Moore

Moore is the top WR prospect in the class of 2025. Residing from Duncanville. Moore is roughly 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. The size may not blow you away, but his athleticism more than makes up for it. Moore is still in high school and has room to grow taller and add muscle, so Oregon should not have to worry about that.

Moore is also a known winner, leading his team to back-to-back Texas 6A D-1 state championships. In 2023, Moore caught more than70 passes for 1,500-plus yards and 18 touchdowns. He also averaged more than 21 yards per reception. Moore also logged some impressive track numbers with a 10.40 100-meter and a 21.70 200-meter, including incredible long jump numbers per Gabe Brooks from 247Sports.

Moore's size may resemble an Antonio Brown, per se. However, he does not necessarily mirror Brown's game. Moore seems to play above his size, flashing an elite ability to hit the catch point and out-muscle cornerbacks for jump balls and back shoulder fades. A plethora of tape online shows Moore going up and getting jump balls in one-on-one and even double coverage, which shows his high jumping skills.

His ability to accelerate and decelerate in the open field proves he is a serious threat as an open-field runner. In addition, Moore has what could be called a pre-mature route tree. While his game in high school may be a vertical, stretch-the-field pass catcher, he has shown the ability to break down defensive backs and run various routes.

Moore has also demonstrated an advanced release package against press coverage, making him an immediate threat if his quarterback (potentially Dante Moore) sees a Cover-1 look. Defensive coordinators would be foolish to run that type of look against Moore.

How Will This Affect Oregon?

There is a lot to unpack here for the Ducks 2025 recruiting class. Before mentioning how loaded their WR class is for 2025, you should observe where the entire class ranks. Going into the commitment, Oregon held the No. 5 overall class. Now, they most certainly will push for a top-3 ranked class.

While they may not jump No.4-ranked Georgia or No.3-ranked LSU, they are still favored for multiple five-star players such as Trey McNutt and D.J. Pickett, according to Steve Wiltfong. In addition, the Ducks recently earned a prediction from Texas insider Justin Wells to land five-star safety/linebacker Jonah Williams. It may sound far-fetched, but if they landed all three of these recruits, they would undoubtedly earn a No. 1 overall ranking.

Offensively, this makes the Ducks look like a nightmare scenario for all opposing defensive coordinators. A key factor to remember is that Dante Moore, former 2023 five-star quarterback, transferred to Eugene this spring to learn behind Dillon Gabriel in his last season. Dante Moore is in line to throw passes to Moore and company, which is a frightening thought for the Big Ten Conference.

Dillon Gabriel
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The WR room looks incredible going forward. They already have Wilson, who is also a five-star, and it doesn't stop there. Cooper Perry and Isaiah Mozee, both four-star WRs, are among the 2025 commits. There will be more than just elite wideouts heading to Eugene, however. The Ducks are bringing in Da'Saahn Brame (No. 3 tight end), an elite four-star TE currently ranked in the top 100 overall. Dierre Hill Jr., the No. 6-ranked athlete, is also committed to the flock. Hill will bring a pass-catching, home run-hitting element to the running back position in the future.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances with Dante Moore in the future, the Ducks also locked in Akili Smith Jr.'s commitment for 2025. Smith Jr., the son of former Oregon quarterback Akili Smith Sr., is a four-star QB who ranks No. 9 at his position.


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