The five stars of OL 2022 Josh Conerly Jr. commits to Oregon

Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach Offensive Lineman 2022 Josh Conerly Jr. made his decision.

And Conerly remains in the Pac-12 footprint, announcing his decision to go to Oregon.

The 5-star picked Oregon on Friday night in a ceremony at his school and televised the CBS Sports headquarters live, choosing the Ducks over USC, who were set to land him, ahead of the final week.

In fact, USC was the pick for Conerly just a week ago, and it only started to turn in the Ducks’ favor this week. »

“I would say it was earlier this week that I started leaning towards Oregon,” Conerly said.

After his official visit to Oregon in mid-March, it looked like the Ducks might be the place.

But then he made his official visit to USC, and then he leaned heavily towards Trojans.

“After my official visit to Oregon, that’s what I wanted to do, and then I did my visit to USC, that’s what I wanted to do,” Conerly said. “The calls with Coach (Lincoln) Riley and Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach Viane (Talamaivao), he’s like a big brother, kept me coming and going.

So Conerly made another trip to Eugene, for an unofficial visit, last weekend, and that started to give the Ducks momentum.

On Friday night, he let the nation know he would be heading to Oregon.

“It’s the closest thing to home that isn’t home,” Conerly said. “The relationships I’ve built with them are unlike any other. It’s authentic everywhere, it’s the most authentic here. With Coach Klemm coming from the NFL, and himself winning rings, getting him to the highest level as a player and as a coach, I feel like I’m going to be able to connect with him more. . With him being a black coach, I feel like I can learn a lot from him. With Coach (Dan) Lanning and the staff it’s quite young, so Coach Klemm is one of the older guys on the staff. It’s easier for these staff to connect with this new wave of signings, but Coach Klemm is somehow the wiser, older coach.

While in the Pacific Northwest, he will leave his hometown of Seattle.

“It’s nothing compared to Seattle and it’s still in the PNW and it’s really similar, so there won’t be much of a change,” Conerly said.

Conerly said the relationship with Klemm was the biggest key.

“I mean the thing with Klemm, he’s not really a recruiter like that, he never really tried to recruit me like that, he always gave me my space and that’s what I always loved,” Conerly said. We had a few heart-to-hearts and I just made the best connection with him.

He also cited Lanning’s prosecution as key to his decision.

“Coach Lanning is my buddy,” Conerly said. “For him, being a first-time head coach, he’s been doing it for years, signing guys. The way he put this stuff together, I have to attend some meetings and I feel like he’s the guy.

Conerly is the second Oregon State offensive lineman the Ducks have landed in this class, following four-star offensive lineman Puyallup (Wash.) Dave Ito.

“I only really spoke to Dave, we spoke this morning, and that was it,” Conerly said.

He was the No. 1 offensive lineman in the 2022 class by 247Sports, the No. 1 prospect in the West and the No. 8 overall player nationally in 2022.

Conerly was named the Anthony Munoz National Lineman of the Year and selected to both the 2022 All-American Bowl and the 2022 Polynesian Bowl.

Josh Conerly Screening Report: Athletic build with the height and length needed for long-term outdoor play. Bow to mass and position with a large swelling space. Built like a jumbo edge defender with the pitch demeanor of an offensive lineman that sets the tone. The two-sport star who starts for a Seattle basketball powerhouse and played in youth football. Functional athleticism encouraged on the hardwood manifestos on the grill. Excellent movement ability for a big man. Advanced foot speed and athleticism in space result in a second-tier nightmare in the running game. Natural bender that plays with encouraging leverage and unwinds on contact. Sudden with his feet and fluid in his movements. The athleticism and length allow for chip and pivot ability in pass protection. Can reflect edge speed if needed. Has many snaps on both sides of the ball. Would reap P5 offers in defense. Well conditioned with tall engine and large gas tank. Flashes a bit of punch, especially in the running game, but the sweet spot power should increase with the added weight. Needs volume to withstand the rigors of major trench play. Will need to prove ability to drop anchor against college competition. Performed well against elite defensive line competition during All-American Bowl week. Has a promising and projectable profile given the multi-sport basics, two-way turnout and physical specs. One of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects in the 2022 cycle with the potential to achieve top-level NFL draft status. -Gabe Brooks

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