Recruiting: What's Left?

Kirk Merritt is in the bag. Oregon has 22 verbal commitments. What’s next?

With less than 24 hours until National Signing Day, the 2015 recruiting class is looking rosy for the Ducks. Barring a last minute shocker, the Ducks stand to keep each of the 22 talented athletes, including the National SPARQ Champion in Merritt, without having to worry about a flip.

In fact, Oregon could still add to the class on National Signing Day. Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave will make his decision on Wednesday, and the Ducks have a good shot to land him according to Doug Kimmel. the Ducks have a good shot to land him.

Uluave visited Oregon in November Uluave visited Oregon in November and watched as his high school teammate, defensive end Canton Kaumatule, signed financial aid papers with the Ducks during halftime of their game against Stanford. The Ducks have remained in great shape with Uluave, even after successful visits to Texas Tech and Cal in recent weeks.

If Uluave commits to Oregon, he won’t see the field for at least two years because of an LDS mission, but as one of the top uncommitted OL prospects left in the country, he’d be a boon for the future and complete a deep and talented 2015 class for offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.

Defensively, the Ducks will be keeping a close eye on Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra LB John Houston tomorrow. While Houston has been rumored to be staying put and going to USC, which is currently home to five Serra alumni, Oregon is viewed as the dark horse to land him. Houston visited Oregon with Serra teammate Rasheem Green in October and the visit was a success. Since then, the staff has backed away from recruiting Green but they have remained involved with Houston, who received an in-home visit from head coach Mark Helfrich and Co. last week.

Last year, the Ducks narrowly missed out on five-star prospect John “Juju” Smith on signing day after it looked like he might leave the friendly confines of home to play in Eugene. Flipping around their fortunes with a four-star linebacker like Houston would go a long way in not only boosting the profile of the linebacker corps but also in pushing aside a long held assumption that high-profile SoCal athletes who wait until the last minute to make a decision will end up at USC or UCLA.

The Ducks had luck with De’Anthony Thomas in 2011 when they pulled him away from USC late in the process. Can they do it again in 2015, or will the Serra connection at USC keep him home?

Also up for grabs in the linebackers department in JUCO prospect Jonah Moi. The Riverside (Calif.) linebacker is a soft verbal to Washington State, but has taken official visits to TCU and Oregon over the last two weekends. Not much is known about his Oregon visit, as it appears that Moi is analyzing his choices and preparing to make a final decision. According to Horned Frog Blitz, it appears it will come down to the Ducks and Horned Frogs. The Ducks were given the last chance to impress him over the weekend and Moi grew up a Ducks fan. Will it be enough?

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