With 17 seniors departing from the this year's Oregon squad, there was hope that Oregon would nab one of these talented athletes, to boost the 13-man recruiting class put together thus far. But, there is still a month left until signing day and plenty of time for the Ducks to ramp up recruiting heading into the home stretch.
Here are a couple of players/storylines to look out for.
Thomas Oser also remains a strong candidate, saying as recent as yesterday that the Ducks are still in his top three. The Harvard-Westlake offensive lineman would be a welcome addition for the Ducks after the de-commitment of Alex Redmond earlier in the season. According to a report by Scout.com's Kevin Carden, Oser is strongly considering Stanford and Vanderbilt as well, but he ran a similar style of offense to Oregon's this past season and would be able to slip right into it without too much of a learning curve.
The Ducks will have a last look at Myles Jack, hosting him on an official visit just before signing day in February. Though Jack isn't expected to pick Oregon at this point, the Ducks have proven in the past that visits to Eugene have a way of changing some players minds (see: Thomas, De'Anthony). The Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker will be taking four visits to other Pac-12 schools over the next month despite being a "soft verbal" commit to UCLA. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, he would give the Ducks a third talented linebacker in the Class of 2013, along with Tyrell Robinson and junior college transfer Joe Walker.
Finally, despite having two very talented running backs locked up in Thomas Tyner and Dontre Wilson, the Ducks remain a strong candidate for West Hills (Calif.) running back Terrell Newby out of Chaminade College Prep. Newby, you'll recall, had an eight touchdown game during his senior season and told Ryan Gorcery recently that Oregon, UCLA and Nebraska are his top three schools. Newby will officially visit Eugene later this month and, like Oser, is familiar with an up-tempo offensive style of play like Oregon runs.