Recruiting Update — December

National Singing Day is inching closer and Oregon has already accumulated a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. What's left for the Ducks to accomplish before the first Wednesday in February?

As a majority of the Oregon community awaits what is sure to be the anointing of the first Heisman Trophy winner in program history on Saturday night in Marcus Mariota, there are those within that community that will spend much of this month and the next concerned with the future.

The Ducks 2015 recruiting class for football is an impressive one. No, it’s not made up of a load of five-star talent, but it is loaded up with players that, at least based on scouting reports and highlight films, appear to be great fits inside the Oregon system.

Rex Manu became the latest addition to the class last weekend, making him the 17th prospect to pledge a verbal commitment to Oregon. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle told Doug Kimmel that he wants to help the Ducks continue building on the success of this season, which has placed the in a national semifinal against Florida State.

The success of several young talents for Oregon this season (Charles Nelson, Royce Freeman, Darren Carrington, Devon Allen to name a few) has set a precedent that guys like Manu and others in this group could earn an opportunity to make an impact sooner than later. And there’s still a few more spots to fill before it's all said and done.

The coaches have been out on the recruiting circuit with the time off between now and the Rose Bowl, meeting with prospects at their schools and homes. We know that defensive backs Marquise Doherty and Octavius Spencer had in-home visits. Spencer has seen his recruitment rise considerably since the release of his senior tape while Doherty has been on the radar for a longer period of time. Both would bring some terrific athleticism to John Neal’s secondary unit.

The Ducks still find themselves without a linebacker for the 2015 class. Davon Durant, John Houston and Tevis Bartlett remain a few of the candidates to fill that void. Durant received a visit from the Oregon coaching staff this week according to’s Derek Young, but he recently said that he was still leaning toward keeping his pledge to Arizona State. Meanwhile, Bartlett and Houston are still hashing out options and keeping things close to the vest.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that Oregon is interested in defensive tackles Carlos and Khalil Davis, who are exploring their options after Nebraska fired Bo Pelini and hired former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley. Illinois defensive line prospect Terry Beckner also remains an option according to Young, who reported that the four-star prospect is considering a late visit to Eugene.

Elsewhere, the Ducks still remain in the running for another Hawaiian prospect in offensive guard Semisi Uluave. Their previous success in Hawaii without a doubt bodes well for them, including landing his high school teammate Canton Kaumatule. But Uluave has made it clear that while he’d like to play with Kaumatule, he needs to ensure he’s found the right program for that to happen.

Staying on the offensive side of the ball, Rockwall (tex.) RB Chris Warren informed eDuck he is still considering a visit to Oregon. More in the mold of Freeman than a Taj Griffin, Warren’s size would continue to give the Ducks different types options in the backfield to open up the field on the ground.

Then there’s Kirk Merritt. Several eDuck posters and Oregon fans believe him to be the last piece to the class, the ultimate skill weapon. The SPARQ national champion still has the Ducks in the mix and it may come down to them and Texas A&M. Can the Ducks pull him away from home? That remains to be seen.

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