Recruiting Tidbits: 12/13/13

Oregon gains a new verbal commit and prepares for a big weekend of official visits.

Offensive line continues to grow

College of San Mateo offensive tackle Haniteli Lousi became the Ducks latest verbal commitment on Tuesday. At 6-foot-5, 295-pounds Lousi proves that the Ducks are indeed looking to add some more size on the offensive line, becoming the third 290-plus pound tackle for this class. And, the Ducks may not be done in that department.

Though they have moved away from Fife (Wash.) OT Kaleb McGary, Oregon still has offers out to Los Angeles (Calif.) OT Chris Brown, Gilbert (Ariz.) OT Quinn Bailey, Las Vegas (Nev.) OT Nick Gates, Chandler (Ariz.) five-star OT Casey Tucker and Swedish JUCO OT David Hedelin.

Outside of Gates, who is listed at 270-pounds, the other prospects are listed at 285-pounds or more. Gates and Bailey are in Eugene this weekend on visits and Brown is reportedly ready to decide next Monday according to national analyst Greg Biggins. According to a tweet by Biggins, USC will be the team to beat for Brown and they'll have the added advantage of hosting him this weekend in an attempt to seal the deal.

Tucker hasn't expressed a huge interest in Oregon, so it seems unlikely at this point that they land him.

Hedelin has yet to schedule a trip to visit Eugene, but will be in the state this weekend visiting Oregon State. The City College of San Francisco athlete said he did want to visit Oregon at some point in the future, but the Ducks could be waiting to see what happens with other prospects before pushing harder on Hedelin, who has kept in contact with offensive line coach Steve Greatwood through social media only over the past few months.

The two likeliest of the bunch to commit could be this weekend's visitors. Bailey has his list down to Oregon and Arizona State, while Gates has the Ducks, Arizona, Nebraska and Texas A&M left. Gates said he will wait to decide in January after taking his visits.

LB in the future?

Olathe (Kan.) four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain is back on the market after de-committing from TCU and hosted Oregon coaches for an in-home visit this week. Swain is refusing to give interviews at the moment, but did say that his recruitment is still open during a brief conversation on Thursday. He has the Ducks, Arkansas and newcomer Texas A&M as the three teams left in contention. Swain would become the only true linebacker attached to the 2014 class if he chooses Oregon.

Other visitors

The other visitors this weekend are River Ridge (La.) cornerback Mattrell McGraw and Houston (Tex.) wide receiver Frank Iheanacho.

McGraw, who helped guide John Curtis Christian to its third straight state championship this week, has had Oregon in his top grouping for a long time and has spoken highly of the bond he has developed with secondary coach John Neal. During an interview with last week, he said his list is down to Oregon and UCLA.

This will be his second trip to Eugene, after taking an unofficial earlier this year. Though the Ducks have plenty of talented defensive backs in this class already, McGraw remains a high target for the Ducks after Neal watched him practice last week.

Iheanacho, who combines a 6-foot-7 frame with pure athleticism, will arrive following a visit to Arkansas. According to a report ion, Iheanacho "loved" the visit and he is expected to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. His top seven includes Oregon, Ole Miss, Missouri, TCU, Florida State, Arkansas, Texas A&M and LSU.

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