Why 4-star offensive lineman committed to Ducks over Utah Utes

The Oregon Ducks’ 2025 recruiting class continues to get stronger. Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman offensive lineman Alai Kalaniuvalu announced his commitment to Oregon on social media.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound interior lineman could be the next great Duck lineman, looking up to recent stars like Penei Sewell and Jackson Powers-Johnson. The dominant run blocker Kalaniuvalu moved from left tackle to center this season, where he will likely play for the Ducks.

Utah was the main contender for Kalaniuvalu — who also had offers from USC, Michigan, Nebraska and Miami. The center attended Oregon’s home game against the Colorado Buffaloes and also took an official visit to Eugene the weekend of June 21.

“The culture was big for me and I like what’s happening at Oregon right now,” Kalaniuvalu told 247Sports. “I like what they’re building and the environment — they all have a winning mentality. It’s going to be a great place for the next few years and hopefully we can win a national championship.

Kalaniuvalu’s commitment is a big win for Oregon coach Dan Lanning and offensive line coach A’lique Terry. Kalaniuvalu is the third offensive lineman to commit to the 2025 class, which has recently rocketed into the top five in college football.

With the additions of five-star wide receiver Dakorien Moore and five-star cornerback Dorian Brew, the teams now only have the Duckstrails, Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.

Can Oregon land commitments from three more five-star defensive prospects in the 2025 recruiting class? The Ducks are projected to land five-star safety Jonah Williams, five-star safety Trey McNutt and are a finalist for five-star cornerback DJ Pickett.

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