Oregon lands best signing class in Pac-12; Oregon State reloads on defense

The Oregon Duck cheers after doing pushups following an Oregon touchdown. The Oregon Ducks lead the Oregon State Beavers 52 to 7 at the end of the first half of the 121st Civil War game on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Ben Lonergan, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said he went to bed at 1:08 a.m. and woke up at 2:45 a.m.

That gives you just a glimpse into how much work he and the rest of the Oregon staff have put into this 2019 signing class.

The work has paid off: the consensus is that Oregon has put together far and away the best recruiting class in the Pac-12.

24/7 Sports and ESPN have the ducks in their top five schools in the country, with Rivals having Oregon in the top 10.

The big news: five-star defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux - ranked by many as the top prospect in the nation - is officially a Duck.

But there is way more to this class than just Kayvon: 22 signees in all, including 11 four-star recruits and 10 three-stars. Without a doubt, it is the best signing class in the history of Oregon football.

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Over in Corvallis the mood was positive but there is still a lot of work to do.

Right now Oregon State has 19 players signed and still anticipates a few more signing for February's signing day.

Many of the recruits are from Oregon. Head coach Jonathan Smith said he was looking for guys that love the Oregon experience and love Corvallis.

"We're looking for well-rounded guys that are really good players. Football's really important, but also with a little bit of awareness like of a college experience, and that's what, you know, the best college town in America is so we were looking for the right fit that appreciated a lot of that," Smith said, "and again, I go back to Darrick Yray and Vince Guinta in regards to setting those weekends up and really showing the best of Oregon State while they're here."

Thirteen of the 19 players in Wednesday's signing class are on the defensive side of the ball.

Smith said it was in an effort to build depth on a defensive unit that desperately needed it.

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