Recruiting — Christmas List

With Christmas only a couple of days away, eDuck takes a look at which prospects Ducks fans would love to find under the Oregon tree this holiday season.

It's Christmastime, which means stockings (and stomachs) are being stuffed, carols are being sung, classic holiday movies are being watched and presents are being wrapped and set under the tree. Which got us thinking, if Oregon fans were to get a Christmas wish from jolly old Saint Nick himself, which uncommitted prospects would they love to see commit to the program this holiday season? Here are a few that came to mind:

John Houston — A five-star linebacker from Junipero Serra HS in Gardena (Calif.). Oregon needs a linebacker badly but the struggle would be worth it by landing the top outside backer from California. The Ducks made his top five recently, but can they end up being his final choice? We'll find out on National Signing Day.

Josh WoodsWoods just picked up his Oregon offer, and though he is a UCLA verbal commit, he is considering the Ducks and may visit. Again, the Ducks need a linebacker and Woods is a more than worthy candidate to fill the big void there with his relentless style of play.

Rasheem Green — Sure, Canton Kaumatule and Gus Cumberlander are great, but the Ducks wouldn't complain with a five-star defensive end to join them. Green, like his teammate Houston, placed Oregon among his list of favorites last week and current Oregon commit Zach Okun said he is trying to pull him to Eugene. But can the Ducks overcome the Southern California effect that seems to keep several talented players closer to home?

Kirk Merritt — The SPARQ National Champion is the total package on the offensive end. Strong, fast, smart and aggressive, Merritt's versatile skill set seems tailor made for the Oregon offense. If there is a missing piece to the offensive side of the class, this Louisiana athlete may be it.

Marquise Doherty — Doherty, armed with speed, great vision and solid coverage skills, would help complete another talented secondary class for Coach John Neal. A dual-sport prospect, Doherty also happens to be a pretty good baseball player and would give George Horton's squad a boost on the diamond.

Carlos and Khalil Davis — Carlos (6-3, 270 pounds) and Khalil (6-2, 260) are Nebraska verbal commits but told Scout that they're looking around (but not de-committing from the program) after an in-home visit with new head coach Mike Riley. Oregon is a school the duo are considering and, even with two defensive tackles locked up, you can't say no to added depth. Can the Ducks haunt Riley one last time before he embarks on his maiden voyage in the Big Ten?

Semisi Uluave — The Ducks have landed a trio of Hawaiian's already in Dylan Kane, Kaumatule and Rex Manu. Topping off a talented offensive line class with the state's top uncommitted lineman while keeping their hot streak on the islands alive would be huge.

Porter's Doug Kimmel has raved about Gustin's abilities and work ethic for months and recently reported that Oregon is an option for his last official visit. The Utah product is a highly-touted defensive end, but he could also be an impact linebacker at the next level as well.


Marcus Mariota — C'mon, if he came back for one last year it would be the ultimate Christmas gift to any Ducks fan.

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