Oregon safety Daymon David reportedly pulls name out of transfer portal, will return to Oregon
According to multiple reports, Oregon safety Daymon David has decided to pull his name out of the transfer portal and return for his sophomore season with the Ducks.
The news was first reported by 247Sports’ Zach Blostein, publisher of Noles247—David took an official visit to Florida State last week—and was later confirmed by DuckTerritory’s Erik Skopil. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
David played in nine games as a true freshman last year, but most of that time came on special teams. The former 4-star recruit recorded just three tackles and saw only a handful of snaps on defense.
He dealt with injury throughout the Ducks’ spring period earlier this year and entered the transfer portal shortly after spring ball ended. But electing to stick with the Ducks gives new head coach Dan Lanning and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi another long athlete to work with in the secondary.
The path to playing time is there for the Baltimore native. Oregon needs to replace All-American Verone McKinley III in the secondary, and David will look to get back to full health for fall camp and compete with the likes of Trikweze Bridges, Bryan Addison (who both served as the first-team safeties in the spring), Bennett Williams, and Steve Stephens IV.
Bridges played corner last season and Stephens is returning from a significant leg injury. Williams could factor in at nickel.
For what it’s worth, this is the second high-profile youngster to enter the transfer portal and then take his name out in order to remain with Lanning’s team. Sean Dollars decided to return after a discussion with Lanning in early January.