Oregon lands commitment from 5-star edge rusher, former Arizona pledge
Oregon has landed a commitment from 5-star Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic edge rusher Elijah Rushing.
Rushing had previously been committed to Arizona, but left the Wildcats’ class in early October with him and his family saying the program didn’t match with his long-term goals. Almost immediately, Rushing was linked to the Ducks, who were a finalist for him the first time around. On Monday, Rushing announced his commitment to Dan Lanning and the Ducks.
Notre Dame, UCLA, and Tennessee were also teams that received official visits from Rushing throughout his recruitment.
— Elijah Rushing (@elijah_rushing) October 30, 2023
The 6-foot-6, 251-pound Rushing is the No. 1 recruit from the state of Arizona this cycle. He’s ranked as the No. 3 edge in the class and the No. 28 overall prospect in the country, according to the industry-generated 247 Composite.
Rushing becomes the second 5-star defender to pledge to the Ducks this month, joining Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive lineman Aydin Breland. Oregon now holds 24 known commitments in the 2024 class, and Rushing’s pledge pushes the class up to No. 6 nationally.
Dan Lanning is working on an impressive 2024 class in his second full cycle. The Ducks closed the 2023 cycle with a major push and ended up with the ninth-ranked class in the country. With his team pushing for a College Football Playoff appearance on the field, Lanning and the Ducks are pushing for an even better finish in the 2024 cycle.
Rushing is a long, rangy athlete with tons of upside as a pass-rusher. As a junior last fall, Rushing collected 73 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. That was after a sophomore campaign that saw him produce 75 tackles, nine TFLs, and 7.5 sacks.
You can see his highlight tape below, via Hudl: