ASHLAND — Following a 6-4 campaign, the end of which signaled the loss of 20 seniors, this offseason has been viewed as a significant one for the Southern Oregon University football team.
Wednesday was one of its inherently defining moments, as head coach Charlie Hall announced a recruiting class of 33 on National Signing Day across the country. Hall, who enters his third season with the Raiders in 2019, along with his staff secured 26 commitments from high school seniors and seven more from transfers. Nineteen players were signed to help on the defensive side of the ball, and 14 on offense.
The class includes 16 in-state recruits, 12 from California, two from Nevada, two from Washington and one Idahoan. Four players — Leslie Combs III of Mountain View, Javan Gail of Phoenix, Myles Montgomery of Ashland, and Isaia Tavita Porter of Tigard — are the sons of Raider football alums, and South Medford’s Sam Willis joins Gail and Montgomery as the local products.
Of the seven transfers, two came from the Humboldt State football program that was dropped following the 2018 season.
“What stands out in this class is the number of top players from Oregon who played at elite high school programs,” Hall said. “It’s great to have players from top programs who are highly competitive and expect to be successful. Coming to SOU should be an easy transition for most.”