Recruiting Preview — Colorado week
It’s the last home game of the season for the Oregon Ducks, which means it’s the last time the coaching staff will be able to bring 2015 prospects to Autzen Stadium for the full game atmosphere. This season has been kind to the Ducks when it comes to official visits. Running back/wide receiver threat Malik Lovette and defensive ends Gus Cumberlander and Canton Kaumatule each gave their pledges to Oregon this season while on their official visits. The Ducks 2015 recruiting class, which is shaping up to be one of it’s best in a few seasons, contains 16 talented athletes on both sides of the ball and they’ll look to add to that this weekend. Here’s who we know for sure will be in Eugene when the Ducks take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Marquise Doherty — Doherty is a talented two-sport athlete out of Kansas City (Mo.). The three-star safety is also quite the player on the baseball diamond and is currently focusing primarily on Oregon and Missouri. He will play both sports at the next level. In an update with eDuck last week, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Doherty detailed his relationships with both schools and added that he has a great relationship with Ducks baseball coach Mark Wasikowski. A great visit coupled with his already solid relationships with secondary coach John Neal and Wasikowski could lead to a quick decision for Doherty, who would be the second Missouri-based athlete the Ducks will have landed, along with four-star wide receiver Alex Ofodile, if they can pull it off. An official visit to Missouri is planned for the first weekend of December, but right now the Ducks appear to be in fine shape with Doherty. Davon Durant — Sticking in the midwest but climbing to the junior college ranks, Oregon will bring in Arizona State verbal commit linebacker Davon Durant out of Butler Community College in El Dorado (Kan.). Durant told Scout.com's Derek Young that he's still planning on playing with the Sun Devils, but wants to visit Oregon and Texas A&M before making a final decision. He also went on to say that he’s building a “strong relationship” with the Oregon coaching staff. The Ducks are still without a true linebacker, the only position they have yet to fill, for the 2015 recruiting class. Bringing in a player with some collegiate experience could turn out to be a great start as evidenced by the play of JUCO transfer Joe Walker this season. The Ducks will lose outside linebacker Tony Washington and inside linebacker Derrick Malone to graduation after this season and could use Durant to fill up one of those holes, likely on the outside. He already sports a sturdy 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame and had 46 tackles this season for Butler, including 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Octavius Spencer — As with most recruiting cycle’s there’s always late bloomers. With a number of senior highlight tapes already making the rounds, a few players are garnering some extra attention after making leaps during their final high school season. Count Octavius Spencer in among those athletes. The three-star wide receiver/cornerback out of Monrovia (Calif.) picked up offers from Oregon (CB) and UCLA (WR) last Sunday after previously holding an offer from Sacramento State. Washington and Cal entered the mix shortly thereafter and extended offers as well. Scout.com’s Greg Biggins reported that the 6-foot-1.5, 170-pound Spencer will take his official visit to Oregon this weekend. Spencer told eDuck in a separate interview that he’s not very familiar with Oregon and what they have to offer, so the trip will be his first real exposure to the program. Right now, the blossoming athlete appears to be enjoying the newfound interest from Pac-12 programs so a decision isn’t expected on the trip, but Oregon could put themselves in prime position to add to their DB class with a successful visit. Along with the three aforementioned visitors, Oregon verbal commit offensive guards Shane Lemieux and Jake Hanson are slated to take their official visits as well.
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