Catholic's TJ Dudley poses for a portrait at Montgomery Catholic High School in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Oregon lands 4-star LB TJ Dudley over Alabama, UCF, Texas

The Oregon Ducks landed a verbal commit from coveted four-star linebacker TJ Dudley on Monday as the school continues to pick up recruiting momentum on Pac-12 rival USC.

The Montgomery, Ala., native picked the Ducks ahead of reported candidates such as Alabama, Central Florida and Texas, making the announcement live on CBS Sports’ website.

Dudley, listed as 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, is considered a top-10 prospect out of the state and reportedly marks the second high school prospect to leave his home in Alabama for Eugene. He joins four-star quarterback Tanner Bailey.

Just two days earlier, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal saw two-year starting linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia enter the NCAA’s transfer portal. Oregon is still considered by most recruiting services to have the second-ranked incoming class in the conference behind USC.

–Field Level Media