In late November, it seemed very unlikely that 2017 cornerback Deommodore Lenoir would end up playing for the Oregon Ducks. After all, the nation’s No. 5 cornerback decommitted from a previous pledge to the program in the wake of uncertainty considering Mark Helfrich’s dismissal and, most of the time, recruits that take back verbal commitments don’t end up coming back. New head coach Willie Taggert did not buy in to that trend, though, as the new head coach put in the time necessary to secure Lenoir’s commitment on Wednesday.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback chose Oregon over the likes of Nebraska, UCLA, Florida and USC (among others) and the Ducks definitely needed this addition. Taggert has done a phenomenal job in salvaging a class that could have gone in the wrong direction with haste and, considering that Rivals projects Lenor as the No. 1 “athlete” prospect in the country, the sky is the limit for this young man.
With Lenoir on board, the Ducks managed to sneak into the top 20 nationally when it comes to class rankings and he just might be the crown jewel of the group. A lot can be done in two months and credit goes to Taggert and his staff for yeoman’s work.