Oregon recruiting might be getting ready to take shape as the Ducks are preparing for their final home game next weekend. Well technically they are preparing for a road game at Cal this week, but recruiting never sleeps.
Falah will visit Oregon but remains committed to USC.
There's been a little bit of activity however this week so let's recap the movement and analyze the news briefly.
Stanford visitor list taking shape
Some big news developed when USC commit Nico Falah confirmed he would be visiting Oregon on Nov. 17. What makes the news even more interesting is Falah confirmed he still remains committed to USC. The staff drew a pretty firm position with Redfield regarding his commitment and his opportunity to visit. Either way, Oregon was always the only program outside of California Falah would consider. Personally it would be a pretty big shocker if he changed his mind, or if he did, where he'd actually sign in early February.
Keep an eye on this development which seems to be tied to the lack of offensive line depth moving forward and in this recruiting cycle.
Staying on the offensive line, target J.D. Hinnant was scheduled to visit, but will need to re-schedule due to his serious auto accident. Let's all pray for a speedy recovery for the bright young man.
Top running back target Derrick Green will also be in Eugene on Nov. 17. Green remains Oregon's top priority for a bigger back in the 2013 class. The Ducks have some ground to make up here, but a big game at Autzen can leave a lasting impression.
Although it hasn't been publicly confirmed but a visit from Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly could be in play for this weekend. Keep an eye on this situation as this could easily be someone Oregon makes a serious run at in the closing stages of recruiting.
Max Redfield could also visit for this game, but no date has been set. It's clear he will visit Oregon, likely within the next month but no plans have been finalized. This is someone I feel very strongly Oregon could easily make a push for with signing day rapidly approaching.
Max Redfield decommitted from USC earlier in the week to visit Oregon.
Oregon commit Johnny Mundt will also take his highly anticipated official visit this weekend. Mundt remains a solid commit despite the continued efforts of Washington. I would expect several of the in-state commits will be on hand for unofficial visits. It's also possible Johnny Ragin makes a final push towards trying to pick up an Oregon offer with a trip south.
2014 quarterback Manny Wilkins also informs Matt Prehm he will be in Eugene next weekend on an unofficial visit. Wilkins has been a regular at numerous games this season, which only enforces his high interest in the program.
Ducks miss on a target
In surprising news Victor Egu committed to Cal this week. Egu had only officially visited Oregon and had rave reviews of the trip. However it was quite clear he was not exactly a fan of the recruiting process and a decision wouldn't be surprising. Egu was one of the earliest offers at linebacker for Oregon in the 2013 class.
Despite the miss on Egu, the Ducks remain high on the list for a host of talented linebackers including Danny Mattingly, Peter Kalambayi, Zayd Issah, Myles Jack and Mike Mitchell among others. Coach Don Pellum will need to close strong on at least two of these prospects with signing day rapidly approaching. I mentioned Johnny Ragin earlier as a likely visitor next weekend with good reason. If Oregon can't get a good enough feel for the remaining targets soon, his offer might just be in the mail before the month ends.
Yesterday we released an article updating on several situations and explaining the current perceived 'dry spell' in Oregon recruiting. At the end of the article there were some bold predictions as to which recruits could end up as Ducks by signing day.
Here's a link to the update in case you missed it: Oregon dry spell?