Recruiting: what Oregon has going forward

Over halfway through the recruiting cycle, eDuck takes a look at what Oregon has and what's to come going forward.

Defensive Backs – Oregon already has gotten verbal commitments from four-star San Antonio (Tex.) cornerback Arrion Springs and junior college corner Dominque Harrison. Additionally, Oregon has a bevy of targets in a loaded class including Mattrell McGraw, Nick Watkins, Budda Baker, John Plattenburg, Adoree Jackson and John "JuJu" Smith to name a few. The Ducks should have no shortage of talent coming in to learn from possibly its most highly touted crop of defensive backs in program history.

Quarterback - Kentfield (Calif.) quarterback Morgan Mahalak has settled in nicely as the starter for Marin Catholic, helping his team to a 4-0 record to start the season. Despite backing up current Cal quarterback Jared Goff last season, Mahalak is starting to show that he can grow into a suitable replacement for his influence, Marcus Mariota, when that time comes. Mahalak is solid to Oregon at this point, and given the depth at the position right now, he's likely the only quarterback coming in for this class.

Running back – After taking five-star prospect Thomas Tyner last season, the Ducks have landed a big four-star in Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman. Freeman's electric start to the season already has Ducks fans buzzing about the potential depth that the backfield could boast next season with the aforementioned Tyner and Freeman, along with Byron Marshall and possibly De'Anthony Thomas.

Even more intriguing is that Oregon still in the running for top west coast back Joe Mixon, which would give Oregon its most loaded backfield ever in terms of potential upside. Florida running back Tony James, who will be in town for the Ducks game against Cal on Saturday, also remains a viable option as a second running back in this class.

Defensive Line – Oregon nabbed lanky Phoenix (Ariz.) defensive end Jalen Jelks in July to accompany four-star junior college defensive tackle Tui Talia on the line. The Ducks have an offer out to in-state defensive end/tight end prospect Henry Mondeaux, who will be in attendance this weekend against Cal.

Oregon has five other offers out to uncommitted prospects as listed by Scout.com, including No. 1 ranked defensive end Lorenzo Carter. While not a crucial need this season due to the youth already present on the line, Oregon has picked up a couple of solid additions for their versatile defensive scheme and could be a major player in next year's class, which boasts 28 defensive lineman on the current Scout Ultimate 300.

Linebacker – The loss of Jordan Hoiem to retirement was a hit to the class, and this is perhaps the most concerning area for the Ducks in this class at the moment. Oregon has already given playing time to each of the three linebackers they landed in last year's class, which is a good thing, but they could use a boost here this season as well.

The Ducks have 13 freshmen/sophomores (including redshirts) on that side of the ball, so there is plenty to be accomplished with the current crop. Still, Oregon has offers out to five other uncommitted prospects including Indiana prospect Brandon Lee and Florida prospect Vincent Jackson, who anticipates visiting Oregon for the UCLA game in October.

Offensive Line – Oregon has already received a verbal from four-star Henderson (Nev.) offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby. The Ducks still have an eye on Washington prospect Kaleb McGary and Colorado prospect Sam Jones, who visited during the Ducks matchup against Nicholls State and named them a favorite at that time.

The Ducks have plenty of youth on that side of the ball right now with only one starting senior and 12 freshmen and sophomores (including redshirts) across the line on the depth chart. Crosby will be a welcome addition with his size, and another possible addition could set the Ducks up for a very promising future at arguably their most important spots in their system.

Wide Receiver – The Ducks haven't landed a wide receiver for the 2014 class yet, but with the emergence of a more diverse passing game thus far it could attract a few soon. Last week, the Ducks hosted Phoenix (Ariz.) receiver Jalen Brown, who came away from the trip impressed. Also, the Ducks are awaiting a visit from highly touted speedster Michiah Quick, who could visit as soon as this weekend for the aforementioned game against Cal.

Oregon has six other offers out to uncommitted prospects including SPARQ champion Devante Noil, North Carolina prospect Braxton Berrios and California prospect Alex Van Dyke among others. The Ducks brought in two players from the 2013 class that are currently listed as wide receivers on the depth chart in Devon Allen and Darren Carrington. However, with only two departing seniors, the Ducks have seven freshmen (including redshirts) to shore up depth in the future.

Tight End - The Ducks brought in a solid addition in Johnny Mundt with the 2013 class, as many found out during Oregon's matchup with Tennessee. Mundt hauled in two touchdowns in his first start as a true freshman, which could open up options for the Ducks offensively as the season progresses. The only loss coming at that position could be regular starter Colt Lyerla to the NFL Draft. Still, Oregon has five freshmen and sophomores (including redshirts) lined up behind him, leaving them with plenty of depth.

Right now Oregon has one offer out to an uncommitted prospect, California tight end Bryce Dixon and Mondeaux could transfer from defensive end to tight end if Oregon lands him. It remains to be seen how much effort they put into this position going forward with this class.


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