Oregon lands impact transfer pledge from elite DL out of the Big 12
Oregon is working on rounding out an impact transfer class heading into 2024, and Dan Lanning picked up another big-time piece Friday evening.
This time, the commitment comes from Jamaree Caldwell, a defensive lineman out of Houston in the Big 12. Caldwell spent the past two seasons with the Cougars after beginning his career with two stops in the JUCO ranks.
— Ja’Maree Caldwell / Ⓜ️aree (@Maree803) January 13, 2024
While at Houston, the 6-foot-1 and 325-pound Caldwell proved to be an impact run stopper and interior pass rusher. He was second on the Cougars this past season with 8.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as an All-Big 12 performer.
According to 247 Sports, Caldwell was an elite transfer prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 DL available. Former 5-star prospect Walter Nolen was the only DL in the portal rated higher than Caldwell. The system also ranked Caldwell as the 17th player available regardless of position.
Caldwell joins a transfer class for Lanning and the Ducks that is ranked 5th nationally. Former Texas A&M receiver Evan Stewart and a pair of quarterbacks in former Oklahoma and UCF QB Dillon Gabrial and former UCLA QB Dante Moore are some of the other key pieces.
While Bo Nix departs the program, a number of key returners and transfer additions have Oregon well-positioned heading into the program’s first season in the Big Ten. Look for Lanning and the Ducks to be among the early favorites to compete for a conference title and Playoff bid next season.