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Former Oregon coach Willie Taggart put together an outstanding class during his first year in Eugene.

But after news broke of his decision to accept the head coaching position at Florida State on Tuesday, the Ducks’ 2018 class seems to be falling apart.




Two of Oregon’s top commitments decommitted shortly after Taggart’s departure, beginning with four-star Portland athlete Braden Lenzy, who announced his decision on Twitter.

Lenzy, who is still expected to make an official visit to Oregon’s campus before signing his letter of intent, ranks as the No. 10 athlete, No. 5 player from the state of Oregon and the No. 255 overall prospect for the 2018 national recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings.

Four-star cornerback Isaiah Bolden, a Florida native, announced his decommitment on Twitter shortly after.

Like Lenzy, Bolden noted that he was still considering Oregon, at least for now. The four-star senior ranks as the No. 25 cornerback, No. 45 player from the state of Florida and the No. 241 overall prospect for the 2018 national recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Earlier this week, Oregon lost a commitment from four-star athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison, in the wake of rumors regarding Taggart’s future with the Ducks.

Harrison ranks as the No. 6 athlete, No. 2 player from the state of Washington and the No. 156 overall prospect for the 2018 national recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Taggart emerged as a favorite in FSU’s search after former head coach Jimbo Fisher agreed to a deal with Texas A&M on Friday, as first reported by Wayne McGahee of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Taggart joined Oregon this past offseason after leading South Florida to a 24-25 (18-14 AAC) record during four seasons, including a 10-2 (7-1) finish in 2016.
The Florida native led the Ducks to a 7-5 (4-5 Pac 12) record during his only season in Eugene and holds a career head coaching record of 47-50, which also includes a three-year stint at Western Kentucky.

On Saturday, Taggart denied interest in the FSU coaching position when speaking with media members on Saturday, according to Tony Piraro of SB Nation’s Addicted to Quack.

“There is nothing more to report. I’m sorry I can’t give you guys what you want. Social media sparked it. Social media is unbelievable.”

Oregon will face Boise State in the Las Vegas on Dec. 16 and is expected to promote either offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal or defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt as interim head coach for the game in Taggart’s absence, according to 247Sports, although Taggart may attempt to bring Leavitt with him to Florida State, according to Graham Hall of the Gainesville Sun.

Oregon recruiting class taking major hits in wake of Willie Taggart’s departure Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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