The Ducks are sitting pretty with 17 verbal commitments in the 2014 class. Things are clearly getting tight as signing day is just about three weeks away.
Jimmie Swain locked up the LB position.
This class was not expected to go over 20 commits, there has been some attrition and could be more, as of today I could see it possibly ballooning to 22 depending on how things shake out.
Here's a quick rundown of how things are shaping up and what we expect moving forward.
Position is Filled
Oregon is full at several key positions already in the class. The Ducks are not expected to take any more commits at quarterback, running back, linebacker or special teams.
Three out of the four positions were filled pretty early on, but linebacker was also filled with the addition of Jimmie Swain earlier this month. We have recently checked in with several of these commits and each said they are 100-percent locked in with the Ducks.
Oregon running back commit Royce Freeman had a monster game at the Army All-American bowl and is currently the Ducks top-rated commit.
One more at OL
Oregon has three verbal commitments from some 'beefy' offensive lineman. They currently have offers out to Kolton Miller and Nick Gates with a realistic shot at each. The latest suggests Gates might be leaning Oregon's direction but is no slam dunk.
Oregon wants Nick Gates to round out the OL class.
While Miller was a bit of a late target, he was leaning to Oregon State early on. Oregon might be surging a bit here but will it be enough?
At this point the Ducks would love one more offensive lineman in this class but may have to save it for next year if neither of these options head to Eugene.
Going after Big Uglies
The Ducks made a slew of recent offers to defensive tackles in the past two weeks. It's become clear this is a position of need and Oregon is trying to capitalize on the recent coaching carousel.
It would appear Oregon would love to land two stud defensive tackles if possible with Trey Lealaimatafao and Poona Ford topping that list. Courtney Garnett and Michael Sawyers are two other targets Oregon has made a move on. Garnett seems the more likely to give Oregon a serious look of those two, he is close friends with Lealaimatafao.
They may walk away with only one from this group but would take two if they can snare a pair.
Defensive Back Questions
Oregon has a great group of defensive backs committed. The Ducks appear to be in the market for at least one or two more 'D Boyz' in this class. It's highly noted Mattrell McGraw favors Oregon at this point, but UCLA is a legit threat.
Eric Lauderdale visits Oregon later this month.
Khalil Oliver is no backup plan and is giving Oregon serious consideration. Washington seems to have the slight edge right now but the Ducks have fared well in the past.
Adoree' Jackson continues to flirt with the idea of visiting Oregon. Whether he does or doesn't, I'll continue to say Oregon is on the outside looking in. The same with John Smith, who has visited, but seems to be set for USC.
I see Oregon getting McGraw and calling it a day at defensive back.
More speed at Receiver
Apparently Oregon isn't happy with the speed assembled at receiver. There are commits from Jalen Browne (enrolled) and Budda Baker who will play offense at Oregon.
I've said for a while I feel Lauderdale ends up at Florida, I continue to feel that way heading into the visit. McKenzie and Nelson also seem like long shots at this point but anything is possible when they get on campus.
In my mind I see Oregon likely to end up with what they have and making no new additions.
Done at tight end?
I don't think so. In fact I'm hearing the Ducks have put some feelers out and will try to bring a visitor or two in before signing day. It's pretty late in the game, but the Ducks have a great reputation for using their tight ends.
Since Bryce Dixon committed to USC I'm told they are now looking at options. Don't be surprised to see some movement here in the next week.
My best guess how Oregon finishes
With 17 commitments currently, I think Oregon will get four more commits. They would welcome as many as five, but I'm not sure that happens. It could go a number of ways with things down to the wire, but for right now my wager is Oregon finishing at 21.
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