[rl]The Oregon Ducks have been flying high this recruiting season after last season's disappointing finish. Oregon is already at No. 14 in the Rivals.com national team rankings and currently sits second in the Pac-10. After this weekend's official visit schedule, Oregon could be poised to move up the list.
Oregon is scheduled to play host to around 10 players on campus this weekend, including several players that are already committed to the Ducks - like four-star offensive lineman Carson York and four-star defense tackle Myles Wade.
They are the co-headliners in the Oregon class.
York is ranked as one of the nation's top offensive tackle prospects, and he played well all week long at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Wade moved up dramatically in the Rivals.com rankings this week after a strong performance at the U.S. Army All-American Game. Wade is now ranked as the No. 74 player overall and No. 8 defensive tackle.
The visit will be key for Wade. He was recently offered a scholarship by Florida and admitted he the new offer got him thinking.
"Regardless if I trip or not, it's such a huge honor to be offered by the national champions," Wade said. "I' m still kind of in shock right now and have to take a step back and try and process everything. I'm very happy with my commitment to Oregon and excited to be a Duck. At the same time, the idea of taking a visit to Florida is very intriguing as well, so I'm just going to take the next couple of days and really evaluate what I should do. Hopefully by the weekend, I'll know what is going on, but my mind is just racing right now."
|Oregon visitors |
• Charlie Carmichael, OT, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
• Brandon Hanna, LB, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
• Shane Horton, ATH, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
• Aaron Pflugrad, WR, Eugene, Ore.
• Pete Rolf, LB, Piqua, Ohio
• Terence Scott, WR, Valencia, Calif.
• Terrell Turner, LB, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Myles Wade, DT, Portland, Ore.
• Darrion Weems, OT, Woodland Hills, Calif.
• Carson York, OT, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Ducks fans hope the Oregon coaches can put an end to that thought this weekend.
Also scheduled to visit is four-star offensive tackle Darrion Weems. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder has been leaning toward the Ducks for a while now, but has yet to pull the trigger. He says his final three is Florida, Oregon and Washington.
Sleeper Shane Horton of Sherman Oaks (Cailf.) Notre Dame has yet to be officially offered by the Ducks, but that could change after this weekend's trip. Horton is one of the fastest rising players on the West Coast after a great senior season.
Four-star receiver Terrence Scott is also listed on the schedule. The nation's No. 23 junior college player has already visited Kansas State, Kentucky and Washington State. The Ducks have not offered yet according to his last update, so it'll be interesting to see how the visit goes.
Most likely to commit: Los Angeles Crenshaw outside linebacker Terrell Turner is going to be a major steal for somebody - most likely Oregon. He visits this weekend after just picking up an offer earlier this week from the Ducks. Washington State is also highly involved with him, but coach Don Pellum has won plenty of battles in L.A. previously. Turner is the type of kid that he traditionally gets. He specializes in kids that are a little under the radar but end up being great players in the long run.
Fills the biggest need: The Ducks want to continue to add more offensive lineman in the class, and Weems would be a monster addition. Another playmaker at receiver or a skill player like Horton or Aaron Pflugrad would be nice, too.
Just visiting: Commitments Charlie Carmichael, Brandon Hanna and York have been with the Ducks for quite some time now. The trip for them is more for reassurance than it is a recruiting visit.
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