Quarterback Dante Moore looks to pass during the first half of the Division 3 regional championship game in Detroit on Nov. 11. Moore had committed to the Ducks in July but Monday announced he would play for UCLA.

Five-star quarterback Dante Moore has flipped from Oregon to UCLA, the recruit announced Monday on social media. 

This had been rumored for the past week after Moore took a visit to UCLA on Dec. 12.

Moore, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, is from Detroit and had committed to Oregon on July 8.

This is a big win for UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, who was Oregon’s head coach from 2009-12. 

UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half at Sun Devil Stadium

This leaves the Ducks without a quarterback in their 2023 recruiting class with two days until the start of the early signing period.  It’s likely Oregon head coach Dan Lanning is trying to land a quarterback or two from the transfer portal to add depth. 

Oregon also lost quarterback Jay Butterfield to the transfer portal after the loss to Oregon State in the regular-season finale.

The good news for Oregon is that starting quarterback Bo Nix announced Sunday that he was coming back for one final college season in 2023 instead of entering the NFL draft. 

The future status of backup quarterback Ty Thompson is unknown. It’s possible that he will enter the transfer portal as well. 

The No. 15 Ducks face North Carolina on Dec. 28 in the Holiday Bowl. 

Pete Martini covers colleges and high schools for the Statesman Journal. He can be reached at PMartini@StatesmanJournal.com and (503) 399-6730.

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