canada africa partner reservation 6 things about Peyton Woodyard, the newest Oregon Duck

6 things about Peyton Woodyard, the newest Oregon Duck

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The Ducks have one more.

Dan Lanning and his staff have given the Oregon Ducks the most productive offseason in program history, and on Sunday morning they added a cherry: Peyton Woodyard.

Woodyard is an early-enrollment freshman transfer from Alabama who entered the transfer portal after spending the spring with the Crimson Tide. Woodyard signed with Alabama under Nick Saban, who retired in January and was replaced by former Washington coach Kalen DeBoer. It is unknown why Woodyard entered the portal, but a coaching change so early in a player’s career can be difficult to overcome.

Below are six important things to know about the newest Oregon Duck.

Blue chip recruit

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The Oregon Ducks had a spectacular recruiting cycle in 2024, landing their best class ever, and the third-best class in 2024, with Georgia and Alabama beating them out. But among all the talent in the Ducks’ class of 2024, Woodyard still stands out. He is one of eight 2024 Ducks in the 247Sports Composite top 115 players and one of five blue-chip defensive backs in this Oregon class.

Back with Matayo Uiagalelei

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In high school, Woodyard was teammates with Matayo Uiagalelei, Oregon’s standout freshman edge rusher in 2023. Woodyard and Uiagalelei attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California (near Los Angeles), where they graduated in 2022. won a high school national championship together.

Entering a competitive room

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Woodyrd walks into a packed DB room. Seniors Tysheem Johnson and Kobe Savage are the safeties at the top of the depth chart, but there are plenty of talented young players behind them. In the class of 2024, the Ducks brought in Aaron Flowers, a top ten safety in the class. Woodyard is a talented player, but the path to playing time won’t be easy in 2024, even if he should be a big part of the defense throughout his career.

4 years of eligibility

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Woodyard is technically coming to the Ducks as a transfer, but he was part of the 2024 recruiting class and has not yet played college football. That means he comes to the Ducks with four years of eligibility left and the potential to be a starter in the secondary for a few years.

Was heavily recruited by Oregon

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During his high school recruiting process, the Ducks worked hard to land Woodyard and host him for an unofficial visit in April 2022, early in the recruiting cycle. Woodyard visited Oregon again in May – two years after his first visit – before choosing the Ducks.

Do not contact us

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When he entered the transfer portal, Woodyard had a ‘no contact’ after his name. When players transfer with a no-contact tag, it usually means they already know where they’re going, so it’s likely Woodyard knew he wanted to be a Duck.