Recruiting notebook — Michigan State
Saturday marks the biggest non-conference home matchup for the Oregon Ducks in over a decade when No. 7 Michigan State visits Autzen Stadium in Eugene. For the No. 3 ranked Ducks the weekend is also a big one for recruiting, as several top names from the Class of 2015 and 2016 will be on hand to see if they can knock off Sparty while on visits. Last weekend, the Ducks’ lone visitor, four-star running back/wide receiver Malik Lovette, verbally committed to the program prior to game time, giving them their 13th verbal commit of the cycle. Oregon will aim to add to that list this weekend. (Edit: A earlier version of the story had Aledo (Tex.) athlete Ryan Newsome visiting, however he has ruled Oregon out of the running and will not be visiting per ESPN's Damon Sayles.) In other offensive news, 2016 quarterback Seth Green will also be in Eugene. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound four-star prospect picked up his Oregon offer at the end of July and his high school head coach praised his maturity and skill set by comparing him to another player he coached in the past, NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. After receiving the offer, he told eDuck that he admired Oregon’s “strive for greatness”. Recently he posted various pictures of himself adorned in Ducks attire on Twitter. He has additional offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Toledo. Defensively, the Ducks will see visits from a couple of impressive defensive backs and a defensive tackle from the Aloha state. Encino (Calif.) safety Marvell Tell, the top safety in the West region, will certainly draw attention this weekend. At 6-foot-2, 184-pounds, Tell is a big, physical player that would be a huge addition to the class. The four-star prospect spoke with Scout.com national analyst Greg Biggins on Thursday and told him that he will also visit Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Texas A&M this fall and won’t consider naming a leader until he visits each of those programs, as well as nearby UCLA and USC. Norcross (Ga.) cornerback Micah Abernathy will join Tell on the trip and the four-star prospect told eDuck on Wednesday that he’s excited to see what the Autzen Stadium experience is like for a big game. Abernathy named a top five of Oregon, Penn State, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee back in July. Although previous reports have linked Tennessee and Georgia as his potential leaders, Abernathy has yet to schedule any other official visits outside of Oregon. He took an unofficial visit to Georgia last weekend. Mililani (Hawaii) defensive tackle Rex Manu rounds out the list of 2015 prospects. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound prospect is ranked in the Top 30 at his position and committed to Stanford back in April, but is taking a look at some other schools this fall, with Oregon being the first stop. Earlier this week, Manu told eDuck that Oregon is a “very strong contender” for him for him at the moment, however he wishes to complete his visits before making any decisions. Oregon is currently without a defensive tackle prospect from the 2015 class. Current Oregon verbal commits James “P.J.” Locke III (DB) and Calvin Throckmorton (OT) will also be on hand for the game.
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