The Class of 2016 recruiting season isn’t even over yet, but that hasn’t stopped Oregon from preparing for 2017. As was reported by Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports’ Duck Territory, four-star defensive end Langi Tuifua, out of Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, near Salt Lake City, has committed to the program.
Standing 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, 247 Sports ranks Tuifua No.4 in his class in the state of Utah and No. 11 in the country in 2017 among weakside defensive ends. Depending on how he fills out over the remainder of his high school career, there may be a switch to linebacker in his future.
Tuifua also drew interest from Utah State, Oregon State, BYU, Boise State and Utah.
He will instead head to an Oregon team that has seen a dip in success under head coach Mark Helfrich, who took over in 2013 after Chip Kelly departed for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Under Helfrich, the Ducks have gone 24-4 (15-3 Pac-12) and were runners-up in last year’s national championship game.
On top of that, while Kelly’s unique offensive attack made the team a household favorite across the nation, the Ducks’ defense has looked stronger over the past few years. The team ranked 102nd in the nation in total defense last season, but was 44th in 2013.
With Tuifua set to suit up in Eugene in a couple of years, look for the team’s defense to continue moving forward along with the offense.
Oregon opens 2015 at home against the Big Sky’s Eastern Washington Eagles on September 5.
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