In a stunning turn of events, Sione Laulea, widely regarded as the best player in junior college football, has officially committed to the University of Oregon, reshaping the college football landscape. Laulea’s decision was revealed late last night, culminating in a suspenseful announcement on the 247 Sports YouTube channel. The 6’4″ cornerback, hailing from the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA, chose the Ducks over fierce competition from USC and Miami.
- Sione Laulea, the standout junior college cornerback, has chosen the University of Oregon for his college career.
- Laulea’s decision comes after considering offers from USC and Miami, highlighting the Ducks’ appeal.
- Oregon’s 2024 recruiting class is making waves, ranked 13th nationally by 247 Sports, with Laulea as the fourth defensive back commitment.
Laulea’s selection represents a significant win for the Oregon Ducks. Known for his incredible agility, impressive physicality, and standout performances in a highly competitive junior college league, Laulea is poised to make an immediate impact at the Division 1 level.
During the announcement, Laulea emphasized the influence of the coaching staff on his choice, saying, “It was all three coaches at Oregon that recruited me—Coach (Tosh) Lupoi, the defensive coordinator, Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin, the Oregon cornerbacks coach), and Coach (Dan) Lanning.” His expectations include stepping right into the rotation upon enrollment, underlining his readiness to contribute to the team.
USC, on the other hand, is now likely to shift their focus to other class of 2024 cornerback prospects, including Kobe Black of Connally High School (Waco, TX), Dakoda Fields of Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, CA), and Isaiah Rubin of Los Alamitos High School (Los Alamitos, CA).
Despite the loss of Laulea, USC remains optimistic about the future. Lincoln Riley, known as one of the nation’s top recruiters, was brought in to inject new life into USC’s recruiting efforts. Riley’s track record of attracting California talent, even during his time at Oklahoma, suggests that USC’s momentum in the 2024 recruiting cycle is far from extinguished. Currently, only four of the 15 total commits in USC’s class of 2024 are from California, leaving room for potential California prospects to join the Trojans in the coming months.
Sione Laulea’s decision to join the University of Oregon adds a new layer of excitement to the college football landscape, and college football enthusiasts will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on his journey with the Ducks.
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