Recruiting: Countdown to Signing Day

It's been a stagnant week for Oregon recruiting wise as they were unable to add to their list of 13 verbal commitments. Defensive end Austin Hooper committed to Stanford just days after saying Oregon was still in the running and offensive lineman Thomas Oser joined him early Monday night. With signing day under a month away, here are a few names still up for grabs for Oregon.


Tanner McEvoy — A JUCO quarterback out of New Jersey that played football in Arizona this past season, the 6-6, 215-pound quarterback visited Oregon this past weekend and according to his father he was impressed saying "it was everything he expected." He's down to Oregon and West Virginia and has the ability to play pro and spread styles. Shows patience while letting a play develop and is shifty enough to break big runs.

Damion Hobbs — Scout's Erin Hartigan posted that Hobbs decommitted from Arkansas State and will visit Oregon in a week. At 6-3, 223 pounds he looks to have run a similar system to Oregon's offense in high school and has great maneuverability with his legs when running a read option.

Running Backs

Rennie Childs — Reportedly, Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell is interested in the Houston (Tex.) running back and a visit could be in the works. Oklahoma State and TCU look to be in the running for him as well. Oregon is in decent shape with two talented running backs already signed, but Childs would be another weapon that would be productive in Oregon's system.

Laray Smith — Still with no offer from Oregon, the talented running back from New York said that Oregon is a dream school for him and that he would love to play there. Not very well known, but sneaky explosive.

Wide Receivers

Juwaan Williams — Said that he loved Eugene because it didn't have a big city feel during his visit. Williams is a talented wide receiver that would be a nice addition alongside Darren Carrington. This week he named Oregon his frontrunner and will reportedly decide between the Ducks, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt after taking his final visit next week.

Devon Allen — Allen is waiting for a football offer from Oregon, but has one for track. What we do know is that wherever he goes, he will be a dual-sport athlete. Unless a football offer comes, it is unlikely Allen will be a Duck. According to reports, Allen's frontrunner is UCLA but he is still keeping his options open.


Peter Kalambayi — A "soft verbal" commit to Stanford, the outside linebacker from North Carolina took a visit to Oregon in November where he said he "liked everything" about his trip. Has said he feels he could fit in at any of the linebacker positions in Oregon's system.

Myles Jack — Another "soft verbal" commit, though to UCLA. Jack will visit Oregon four days before signing day, giving the Ducks the last chance to impress the coveted linebacker and possibly nab an eleventh hour steal that would give them a stout linebacker class.

Quinton Powell — Powell was once committed to Florida, but had a change of heart and opened things back up. According to a recent report by Amy Campbell, he hopes to visit Oregon and is considering them, USC, South Carolina and Miami. According to his Twitter, he is close to making a decision.

Zach Cunningham — Cunningham reportedly had an outstanding trip to Auburn this past weekend and they look to be his leader. But, Oregon will get their shot to impress him next week when he visits. Bringing him out of SEC country may be harder than expected for the Oregon staff, but he continues a trend of players Oregon is targeting from the south.

Offensive Linemen

Cameron Hunt — Visiting Oregon on the 18th of January. Reports have him considering Cal, Oregon and Michigan heavily. Visited Ohio State and Michigan this past weekend according to's Greg Biggins, who also said he feels that Oregon is Hunt's frontrunner. The four-star Cal verbal commit would be a nice addition considering Oregon has lost several targets to bay area schools in the past couple of weeks.

Nic Purcell — A junior college player who is still considering Oregon. At 26 years old, he's more toward Brandon Weeden status than your regular 18-year-old athlete, but will bring maturity to whatever squad he joins. He will have three years to play two once he commits. Ducks appear to be making a stronger push to get him as signing day nears.

Nico Falah — The four-star offensive tackle has been linked to USC for a while now but reports and tweets indicate he may be wavering. eDuck's Marty Martindale reported that Falah received an in-home visit from Ducks head coach Chip Kelly on Monday night. Depending on how that goes, Falah would be another major steal for the Ducks from under USC's nose and boost an offensive line class that could probably use one more player.

Quinton Powell -- A Texas Tech commit that will visit Oregon at the end of January according to a report by Scout's Ahmard Vital. Kansas State, the Ducks Fiesta Bowl opponent, is also in the running.

Defensive linemen

Kylie Fitts — Fitts was all Trojan until he was denied early enrollment and decommitted. Now, Oregon is on his list of potential suitors that include USC, UCLA, Alabama and Notre Dame. A talented defensive end, the Ducks could have a potential steal on their hands.

Alec James — A "soft verbal" to Wisconsin, James reopened his recruitment after Bret Bielema bolted from Madison and spoke highly of Oregon after a visit with defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. Reportedly took a visit to Oregon this weekend. He would be a nice surprise for Ducks fans this late in the recruiting season.

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