Nation’s No. 1 offensive lineman and Oregon Ducks key target Josh Conerly Jr. sets commitment date

Class of 2022 five-star offensive lineman Josh Conerly Jr. has always been considered a major recruiting award.

But as he waits to announce his decision until the spring — more than two months after nearly every other prospect in his class signed their nationally binding letters of intent — he has become arguably the most intriguing recruiting award in the world. country.

On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 283-pound offensive tackle from Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wash.) announced he will make his varsity commitment on April 8:

Considered the 8th overall prospect in the nation and the 1st offensive tackle, Conerly is in the top six of Miami (Florida), Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC and Washington.

He has already made official visits to Michigan (September 11), Oklahoma (January 15), Miami (Florida) (January 28) and Oregon (March 11), and will conclude his series of trips with a visit to USC starting March 25. .

According to 247SportsConerly projects himself as a future first-round NFL draft pick and a fundamental left tackle:

“Athletic build with the height and length required for long-term outdoor play. Lean for mass and stance with ample bulk space. Built like a jumbo edge defender with the demeanor field of an offensive lineman who sets the tone.

“Two standout sports starting for a Seattle basketball powerhouse and played junior football. Functional athleticism encouraged on the hardwood manifestos on the grill.

“Excellent movement ability for a big man. Advanced foot speed and athleticism in space result in a second-tier nightmare in the running game. Natural bender that plays with encouraging leverage and unwinds on contact.

“Suddenly with his feet and fluid in his movements. The athleticism and length allow for chip and pivot ability in pass protection. Can reflect edge speed if needed.

“Has plenty of snaps on both sides of the ball. Would reap P5 offers in defense. Well conditioned with tall engine and large gas tank. Flashes a bit of punch, especially in the running game, but the sweet spot power should increase with the added weight.

“It takes volume to withstand the rigors of major trench play. Will need to prove ability to drop anchor against college competition.

“Performed well against elite defensive line competition during All-American Bowl week. Has a promising and projectable profile given the multi-sport basics, two-way turnout and physical specs. One of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects in the 2022 cycle with the potential to achieve top-tier NFL Draft status.

Nemec’s analysis

Early in Conerly’s recruiting, Washington was seen as a near-lock to land him.

But as he entered the latter part of his high school career, the Huskies faded and Michigan emerged as the overwhelming favorite.

Although Conerly’s recruiting was difficult to project, Michigan, Miami (Florida) and USC appeared to be his top three before his visit to Oregon.

Could the Ducks succeed and land the five-star talent?

Oregon has wavered widely between bubble runner-up and a possible contender in recent months, so “Conerly at Eugene” is far from the most likely outcome.

It would take a pretty big comeback on the recruiting track – and probably a big NIL contract – to land Conerly, but it seems anything can happen in modern recruiting.

— Andrew Nemec | [email protected] | @AndrewNemec

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