Recruiting preview — Stanford week
As promised, Oregon is bringing in a number of top prospects for the Stanford game. On the list for the game is five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield. Sheffield has yet to confirm recently if the trip is still a go but he was reported to be visiting by Ahmard Vital back in September. Should he make the trip as previously announced, Sheffield will likely be the biggest name in town and that’s no small feat with the huge list of talent coming in. Sheffield is the top cornerback in the country according to Scout.com and he’s already visited Ohio State, USC and Florida State, so there will be no shortage of competition for the Ducks in trying to land the talented prospect. Keisean Lucier-South, a five-star outside linebacker/defensive end prospect from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. Lucier-South is using his trip to see what the Ducks have planned for him in the future as well as what the school has to offer academically. Lucier-South wants a shot at playing early and with a player of his caliber it’d be hard to think that he wouldn’t at least get the opportunity if he landed in Eugene. Lucier-South told eDuck that the Ducks staff want him to be the next great pass rusher in Eugene and liken him to former great Dion Jordan. He has already visited Michigan and Oklahoma. Four-star athlete Kirk Merritt out of Destrehan (La.) will garner his fair share of attention as well. The SPARQ national champion turned heads at The Opening with his pure athleticism and the 5-foot-11, 203-pound prospect appears to be the perfect versatile threat either in the backfield or as a receiver for Oregon. Merritt will likely end up as more of a receiver at the next level but his upside is unquestionable. He has already visited Auburn this season and also plans to visit Texas A&M. A pair of Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou teammates will be making the trip in four-star linebacker Canton Kaumatule and four-star offensive tackle Semisi Uluave. Both have Oregon on their short lists entering the visit. Uluave is practically down to UCLA and Oregon meaning that this trip will go a long way in seeing if the Ducks can bolster their offensive line unit that they had a string of success with over the summer. It seemed for a while that Kaumatule was all but destined for Stanford to join his brother, but things have changed and now it appears he's down to Oregon and USC. Uluave and Kaumatule have broached the idea of playing together in college as long as the school is the right fit for both. We’ll find out more after this weekend if Oregon is that school. From the 2016 class, four-star wide receiver Dillon Mitchell out of Memphis (Tenn.) White Station will take an unofficial visit to Oregon this weekend and plans to announce his college choice before the weekend concludes. In an interview earlier this week with eDuck, the 6-foot, 170-pound prospect said that a successful visit would put the Ducks at the top of his list. Mitchell would be the Ducks third verbal commit from the 2016 class if he does pull the trigger in Oregon's favor, joining defensive back Brady Breeze and quarterback Seth Green. Also in town will be Oregon commits offensive guard Zach Okun and tight end Jacob Breeland.
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