Oregon among finalists for 5-star edge rusher from Washington
The No. 1 recruit from the state of Washington in the 2023 class has announced his six finalists.
Oregon is on the list. Washington is not.
Jayden Wayne, a 5-star edge rusher and the 28th-ranked prospect in the entire 2023 class, has Oregon right in the thick of his recruitment with Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Miami, and Michigan State. Wayne told 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman that his relationship with Oregon head coach Dan Lanning and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is strong, adding that a chance to play early with the Ducks is enticing.
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The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defender has excellent size already as he enters into his senior year of high school. He’s rated by the 247 Composite as the No. 3 player at his position in the 2023 class.
The Lincoln (Wash.) product is a two-sport athlete for his high school, also playing on the basketball team. As a junior last season, he registered 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks in eight games. Lincoln also used him on the offensive side of the ball, where he hauled in 18 receptions for 269 yards and five scores.
Wayne recently visited Georgia on an official, and he’ll take three of his remaining official visits to LSU on June 10, Miami on June 17, and Oregon on June 24. The Ducks will host him during what’s shaping up to be a massive recruiting weekend. They’ll also have 5-star running back Richard Young and 5-star athlete Samuel M’Pemba in town that weekend.
Chris Singletary, a national recruiting expert for 247Sports, had this to say of Wayne’s game:
“Good (first) step and burst off the ball. Gains ground and causes the tackle to be immediately stressed by his penetration. Very good pad level which gives the defender little area to strike as he is rushing the passer or playing the run. Shows a good motor and want-to in chasing plays with nice lateral movement. Good agility and quickness, he is light on his feet and is a smooth, effortless player. Rips off of blocks and does a good job in pursuit. With added strength and technique improvement, he has all the tools you want in an elite defensive lineman. You are exposed to how good an overall athlete he is when you watch him play wide receiver.”
You can view Wayne’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: