June 18, 2016
The Oregon Ducks have gotten an early jump on the 2018 recruiting season by landing highly touted quarterback Colson Yankoff.
Tom Loy of 247Sports broke the news of the Ducks’ addition, as Yankoff explained his decision: “Oregon just fits the way I want to play. I love the staff and I love the school has a whole. I couldn’t think of a good reason not to make it happen.”
Loy noted Yankoff’s commitment came quickly, as he was in Eugene on Wednesday for a throwing session at Oregon’s campus.
Yankoff fits the mold of what Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich wants in a quarterback. The 4-star prospect is the seventh-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class and the second-best player from the state of Idaho, per 247Sports.
Per Loy, 247Sports national director of scouting Barton Simmons broke down the skills that Yankoff will be bringing to Oregon:
You’re getting a kid with all the tools. He’s big and exceptionally athletic for a guy his size. He’s got a ton of arm talent. He’s been tucked away in Idaho. If he was from Houston or Miami or Los Angeles, he’d have as many offers as any quarterback in the 2018 class. I think this is a big pickup for Oregon because I think he’ll emerge as a top quarterback in the 2018 class. This is huge get and I think he’s a kid that will stick with his commitment. He will also be a great ambassador for the Oregon 2018 class.
Yankoff is already physically well-developed for a kid who’s two years away from college. He’s listed at 6’3″ and 195 pounds with a 40-yard-dash time of 4.73 seconds.
The key for Oregon will be making sure Yankoff sticks to his commitment. There should be opportunities for him to play by the time he enters college because Dakota Prukop is a fifth-year senior and Travis Jonsen is a redshirt freshman this year.
Yankoff thought enough of the Ducks to give them his pledge almost immediately after taking a visit. The system has done great things for players such as Marcus Mariota and Vernon Adams, so even with two years to think about it, Yankoff knows he will have every opportunity to succeed in Oregon.
Stats and recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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