Taking a look at the Class of 2013: Offense

On Saturday, the No. 3 ranked Oregon Ducks knocked off the USC Trojans 62-51 in one of the marquee college football match ups of the year. With three games left (possibly four if they reach a conference championship game) and endless possibilities available for Oregon, much of the attention will be focused on how they finish out. Which brings us to recruiting.

Around this time of the year, recruiting usually falls on the backburner as fans tend to focus more on the here and now and not the future. But, the recruiting trail rolls on. On Sunday, highly touted USC safety commit Max Redfield notified the world via Facebook that he was backing away from his commitment from the Trojans to visit other schools. Having already told eDuck that he wasn't able to schedule a visit with Oregon due to his commitment to USC and that he thought Oregon could develop him to his "full potential", the Ducks immediately jumped into the forefront of favorites to get the talented defensive back once news arose of his de-commitment.

Oregon has one home game guaranteed where a visit could take place for Redfield, Nov. 17 against Stanford, a team he has already seen this season after taking a very successful trip to Notre Dame. Next week, Redfield will visit Washington and he also has an official visit with the Trojans scheduled for after the season.

With recruiting in mind, lets take a look at the Ducks offensive class through week 10 of the season and who is left for Oregon to grab before signing day in February.

So far, the Ducks have 11 verbal commitments for the class of 2013, seven of which play offense.

The Ducks have made plenty of headway in the running back department. Five star speedster Thomas Tyner (Portland, Ore.) and Desoto, Tex., running back Dontre Wilson are two strong backs that could continue the tradition of successful running backs at Oregon. But, No. 2 nationally ranked running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Vir.) is still up for grabs and will be visiting Oregon on Nov. 17, presumably the same time as Redfield. Getting those two players would boost Oregon's recruiting class significantly despite limited numbers, as well as provide another example of a USC commit changing his mind in order to wear green and yellow (and black, and carbon, and…you get it).

The Ducks lone wide receiver commit is Darren Carrington, the son of the former NFL safety. Carrington is the big play wide receiver the Ducks need, combining great hands and height with incredible athleticism. The Ducks are young at wide receiver, but another pickup would provide some cushion at the position for the future. The most likely prospect is John Ross(Long Beach, CA), who made a visit to Oregon on Oct. 6 and said Oregon and Washington are his top two choices.

At tight end, the Ducks locked up 6-4 John Mundt (Modesto, Calif.) in June. A physical specimen with solid athleticism, Mundt looks like he will fit into Oregon's system well, especially blocking. However, the Ducks are also in the running for Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif.), who will be playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January as one of the nation's top tight ends. Having Mundt and Duarte would give Oregon plenty of firepower behind Colt Lyerla next season. Duarte has expressed interest in visiting Oregon for the Stanford game as well.

Finally, on the offensive line, the Ducks have two offensive guards locked up in Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore.) and Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif.). Reeve Koehler (Honolulu, HI), who attends the same high school that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota hails from, remains another option for Oregon, given his speed at 6-3, 330 lbs.

Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore.) is the Ducks lone offensive tackle in the Class of 2013. Juco prospect Nic Purcell stands an intimidating 6-8 and 300 lbs. and has several offers from other Pac-12 schools including Oregon. J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also has an offer and interest in the Ducks. He was scheduled to visit Oregon on Nov. 17 before heading to Corvallis the week after for the Civil War, but he was involved in a car accident last Friday night that left him with a fractured pelvis and tailbone. According to reports he is out of intensive care and may even avoid surgery.


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