What Oregon gets in new Dave Iuli commit
So what do the Ducks get with this engagement?
At 6 foot 4, 320 pounds, Iuli has no shortage of height. But what makes him a particularly exciting prospect is his ability to combine power and mobility. At the next level, Iuli has the potential to be the elite when he shoots as a guard and directs a throwback through the hole. Plus, once he hits the second tier, he shows his ability to punish opposing linebackers.
Iuli’s mobility and experience as a tackle also makes him an asset in protecting passes due to his ability to recover and recover additional rushers. But its versatility doesn’t stop there.
Iuli also has experience as a defensive tackle in high school and could potentially take shots from the other side of the ball if needed at some point in his career. It is a valuable asset in a class with limited remaining scholarships. Overall, it’s safe to say that Iuli is worthy of her 4 star status.
From a recruiting standpoint as a whole, Iuli’s decision likely marks the completion of Oregon’s offensive line class in 2022, at least for now. The Ducks started June with just one commitment from the JUCO prospect Percy Lewis, but have since added four more commitments to give them with a full squad.
Iuli nicely rounds out the class by adding an inner presence that was needed to team up with the group of talented tackles who had already joined the herd. The Ducks could wait here and be completely confident of their accomplishments by recruiting this group, although they still have a looming 5-star battle up front which I will mention in more detail below.
But let’s get back to today’s news.
It can be easy to overlook the importance of Iuli’s commitment to some. After all, Ducks fans have been spoiled for recruiting success under Mario Cristobal, and top notch pickups have become somewhat routine along the offensive line, especially since Alex Mirabal has taken over.
Cristobal has preached on the importance of the dominant offensive lineman since taking over and supported it by prioritizing them in recruiting, development and marketing. However, let’s not forget that this type of talent buildup is an outlier, especially in the Pac-12.
With the addition of Iuli, Oregon secured another elite class up front and confirmed that they will continue to widen the talent gap between themselves and the rest of the conference along the offensive line.
Speaking of the rest of the conference, this recruiting was a statement for Oregon against a Pac-12 rival in particular, the Washington Huskies. Iuli is from Puyallup, WA, a short drive from Seattle. There’s no getting around this, Washington should have had the geographic advantage over Oregon in this recruiting, and letting this talented prospect leave the state is a troubling sign to Jimmy Lake’s agenda.
Now, this passionate northern Pac-12 rivalry will move to a new focus on the recruiting track i.e. the 5-star offensive tackle. Josh Conerly Jr. Conerly is another Washington native from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.
After a 2021 cycle that saw 5-star talent Emeka Egbouka and JT Tuimoloau leaving the state and choosing to play their college ball in Columbus, Conerly’s is a crucial recruiting for UW.
On the other side, Oregon has already landed an out-of-state headlining offensive tackle this cycle in 5-Star Kelvin Banks. The addition of Conerly would truly be an Oregon’s dream scenario and secure both sides of their line for years to come.
It’s still too early in the recruiting of Conerly for me to predict where he will end up, but both programs made the cut for his top 12 in early May and believe they are heavily involved until the end.
Ducks fans will surely be hoping the addition of Iuli will have an added edge in helping Oregon’s chances for Conerly.