Taking a look at the Class of 2013: Defense

Three. That's the number of defensive verbal commits Oregon has corralled so far in the recruiting hunt for the Class of 2013. But all of that can change soon.

The Ducks have American Canyon (Calif.) cornerback Chris Seisay and San Diego (Calif.) twins Tyrell and Tyree Robinson coming in on the defensive side of the ball. Of course, depending on where the Robinson twins excel, they could end up as offensive weapons as well.

The twins have moved up the rankings since committing to Oregon in September. As Scout.com's Greg Biggins posted:

"I saw a lot of Tyrell at GridIron Kings in the summer and loved him. I felt then he was probably the best athlete in the state but wanted to see him in pads and he has been incredible. Tyree missed the summer with an injury but watching his senior tape, he has freakish ability as well and both of these guys are just tremendous prospects."

Tyrell had mentioned that they will be evaluated on both sides of the ball due to that athleticism. Tyrell has the size to be a factor at linebacker while Tyrell could end up as a defensive back. That is, if Oregon isn't short at receiver.

Seisay, another two-way player, is a strong tackler with the ability to make the one-on-one play when the opposing team attempts to spread the field. Cornerback is where Oregon wants him, but he has the hands to make plays as a receiver and shows patience with the football following his blockers which would be beneficial given how Oregon uses it's wide receivers.

At this point, Oregon has a little ground to make up on the defensive side of recruiting. But that could change quickly.

Safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif.), once committed to USC before a change of heart, will visit Oregon in the near future. The No. 6 ranked safety in the nation spoke very highly of the Ducks recently, and his decommitment from the Trojans following their 62-51 loss to Oregon last week caused quite a stir in the recruiting community.

Leon McQuay III, an extremely talented safety out of Florida visited Oregon a couple of weeks ago for the Colorado game and his father mentioned that it was a successful trip. As the No. 7 ranked safety in the nation, he possesses not only the skill but intelligence to excel at the next level.

Gareon Conley, a four-star cornerback committed to Michigan, also said that he would visit Oregon recently, and the Ducks seemed prepared to offer if he does visit. Landing even one of these players would give Oregon a defensive boost for this class.

The Ducks are taking a look at Zayd Issah (Harrisburg, Pa.), a four-star linebacker once committed to Penn State. They are also looking at Stanford verbal commit Peter Kalambayi (Matthews, N.C.) another talented four-star linebacker with a 6-2, 235 pound frame who has great vision and throws opposing players down like a rag doll.

Linebacker, Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas) is still up for grabs as one of the top recruits left uncommitted. Running a 4.39 40-yard time and standing 6-4, 225 pounds, he's already set to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in the offseason and would be a steal for Oregon's future.

On the line, the Ducks haven't been unable to land any players they've extended offers too. Things don't look too promising with highly touted tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif.) giving a soft verbal to USC and No. 1 ranked tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga.) looking more and more like he will stay in SEC-country.

Edit: The original story listed Seisay as a safety, when in fact it should have read cornerback.

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