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Cale Millen to Oregon: What will the domino effect be?

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Cale Millen (Nick Lucero/

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And while Newton wasn’t known for his love of football recruiting, his principles can easily be applied to the reaction a major commit can have on the recruiting landscape. Over the weekend, Oregon landed its quarterback for the 2019 class in three-star prospect Cale Millen. While the move didn’t catch the eye of many fan bases, today we examine which programs could feel the reverberations of Millen’s decision in the weeks and months to come.

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It’s easy to wonder how the Hurricanes could be impacted by the Millen news, but it only takes one look at the state of Oregon rankings to see why Hurricanes fans have reason to be excited. Rivals250 quarterback Michael Johnson, Jr., the son of Oregon wide receivers coach Michael Johnson, was believed to be down to the Ducks and the 'Canes, with a decision likely to come by the end of June. Johnson recently listed seven schools among his contenders: NC State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Penn State, Oregon, Miami and LSU. But there’s no doubt the Canes have made quite the impression on Johnson. Now with the hometown school out of the way, Miami fans can feel even better about their chances.


This one is pretty easy to trace for the Wildcats, who lost Millen’s commitment last month after Oregon made a significant push behind the scenes. The Wildcats thought they were done when they landed Millen back in December and had closed the door on getting him back into the fold. Instead, they have moved on to other options, with prospects such as Zach Calzada and Davis Beville having recently picked up offers. The Wildcats also have offers out to uncommitted prospects Jacob Zeno, Jacob Conover and Grant Gunnell, but they aren’t believed to be seriously involved with any of them at this point.


Pitt seemed like the front-runner to land Beville for quite a while, and he recently told that he’s the school’s No. 1 target. But Millen’s decommitment from Northwestern led to the Panthers joining his offer list, and earlier this week Beville told that the Wildcats are now in the mix for an official visit. The Panthers are also still recruiting Connor Bazelak, so all their eggs aren’t in the Beville basket, but now they have some more Power Five competition in the form of Northwestern.


Shortly after Millen announced his commitment, UCLA jumped into the mix for four-star quarterback Jayden Daniels by extending an offer. Oregon was very much in the mix for Daniels, and the decision by Millen might have caught him by surprise. With the Ducks only planning on taking one quarterback it appears as if things could be falling right into place for the Bruins, who have yet to land a commitment at any position in the class of 2019. USC is also in the mix for Daniels, but it appears as if the Bruins could now be the team to beat for Daniels.


Much like Miami, Nebraska had to be happy to see Oregon take Millen, because it only bodes well for the Huskers' efforts with Johnson. Over the past month it seems as if the Huskers have gotten more traction in their efforts to recruit Johnson, who is obviously familiar with Scott Frost and his offensive prowess, having lived in Northern California prior to moving to Eugene. Johnson also has a unique family connection to Nebraska, as his older sister is a member of the Huskers' track team. Johnson could visit Lincoln this month, and that could be the chance for the new Huskers staff to convince him he’s the school’s quarterback of the future. But it’s not just because of Johnson that Nebraska fans have a reason to perk up: Nebraska has also been involved with Daniels, and having Oregon out of the picture helps there as well.