Countdown to Signing Day: Target Updates
National Signing Day sits two weeks from today. While the Oregon Ducks have already accumulated a very talented class of 19 athletes from across the country, there’s still work to be done and a number of prospects to evaluate. Here’s what we know about the targeted prospects up to this point. Benning Potoae — Potoae will be visited by Oregon on Wednesday night according to Brandon Huffman. He intends on announcing on Thursday, so it's unlikely that he ends up a Duck with UCLA and Washington listed as heavy favorites. Christian Folau — During dead period, Folau released a list of top schools with Oregon among the finalists. However, no visit has been officially scheduled as of yet so it is difficult to tell if the Ducks will make a push for Folau and try and get him to Eugene over the next two weekends or if they’ll take a pass a look elsewhere. Iman Marshall — Marshall will visit Oregon on the final weekend before National Signing Day. He recently wrapped up visits to Florida State and Michigan and will visit LSU this weekend according to Greg Biggins. Oregon will get the last look but will it be enough in the end? Rasheem Green/John Houston — Both are studs from Southern California and both have Oregon among their top programs. Houston has said Oregon will remain a factor down the stretch, but both are likely going to be tough to drag out of the SoCal area this late in the game. Fotu Leiato — Oregon is becoming a player for Leiato according to Brandon Huffman. The linebacker out of Washington received a visit from defensive coordinator Don Pellum last week at his school and he should receive an in-home visit from Ducks coaches this week. He’ll take and official visit to Oregon on the last weekend before National Signing Day. Bryce Sterk — Pellum established contact with this outside linebacker recently and Ducks coaches may visit him at his school late this week. If that meeting happens, a visit for Sterk is a possibility. Kirk Merritt — Oregon has stayed up near the top of the National SPARQ Champion's list and the Ducks look to have a good shot with him. While Merritt is keeping things under wraps in his own camp, the fact that the Ducks haven’t wavered since his official visit is a good sign. Semisi Uluave — Oregon has remained in fine shape with Uluave since he visited in November, but he had a successful visit to Texas Tech to Texas Tech over the weekend and that was enough to put the Red Raiders up top with the Ducks and UCLA. Westwood is the next stop for Uluave and the Bruins will have a prime opportunity to leave a lasting impression with the Hawaiian big man. The Ducks will have to hope they don’t if they want to stay up top. Darrin Paulo — Paulo will take an official visit to Oregon this weekend. He’s hosted Nebraska and Michigan in his home earlier this week but Ducks offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has remained in contact and visited him at his school today. We’ll know more about where Oregon stands after the visit. He has the aforementioned three programs and Washington State and Utah as finalists. Joshua McMillon — Oregon coaches have been by McMillon’s high school in Memphis twice since the end of dead period. While the four-star linebacker is still a verbal commit to Alabama, the increased attention and a pitch from Oregon coaches last night could result in a visit either this weekend of next. Saleem Brightwell — Brightwell took an official visit to Miami last weekend and loved it According to the same report by Brian Dohn, a trip to Oregon on the final weekend is in consideration for this New Jersey linebacker, but it looks like the Ducks have plenty of work ahead of them. He will take a visit to Pitt this weekend. Nathan Meadors — Secondary coach John Neal was scheduled for an in-home visit with Meadors last night. At this point it looks unlikely that the cornerback will visit and without that, it’ll be tough to land him. Tyrone Wheatley — Wheatley visited Alabama over the weekend and enjoyed his time in Tuscaloosa. The defensive end is set to visit Eugene over the final weekend, but in between now and then he’ll visit UCLA and could visit his father’s alma mater at Michigan between now and signing day, where the elder Wheatley, a former NFL player, is now an assistant coach under Jim Harbaugh. The Ducks should have no shortage of competition down the stretch with Wheatley. Dai’Shon Neal — At last check, Neal was 50/50 on whether he would stay at Nebraska or choose Oregon. The Ducks will get their chance to wow him at the end of the month when the big defensive lineman takes an official visit to Eugene right before National Signing Day. Jaylinn Hawkins — Hawkins has been on the Oregon radar for a long time but he has yet to take an official visit. He was set to visit last weekend, but ended up checking out Boise State after Oregon cancelled his plans due to the National Championship game. If it gets rescheduled, the Ducks have a shot.
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