By the tally of 247Sports, Dan Lanning has helped his teams earn commitments from 5 different 5-star prospects and 14 other 4-star recruits. During his 4 seasons at Georgia, the Bulldogs signed the No. 1, 2, 1, and 4 classes in college football. When he was Memphis’ recruiting coordinator, he helped the Tigers sign a 2017 class the was the best in more than a decade for the program.

Point being: the new Oregon Ducks’ head coach understands the importance of relentless recruiting.

Oregon has been no slouch either in the recruiting department. The Ducks have signed a top-15 class in each of the last 4 cycles and at least a top-25 class in 11 of the last 12 cycles.

It was Lanning’s plan for continuing that high level of player acquisition that caught Athletic Director Rob Mullens’ ear. In an interview with the Pac-12 Network on Wednesday, Mullens said Lanning laid out a clear plan for the UO leadership team.

“We talked about every phase of leadership (needed) to have a championship-level program, and it starts with talent in recruiting,” Mullens said. “He laid out a very clear blueprint of what that looks like. In fact, he told us championships are won on signing day. That’s where it all starts. And then obviously on through player development and onto the field.

“So, he has a very clear blueprint and a very clear plan about finding young men who want to compete for championships, who fit at the University of Oregon and who fit with the style of play, the aggressive style of play he wants to bring.”