With college football's national signing day inching closer, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our latest “Finish Line” feature, 247Sports and DuckTerritory.com take a look at what left for Oregon in the 2013 cycle, which is a class currently with 10 commitments.
Oregon is in prime position to land wide receiver John Ross from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.
Tarean Folston, RB, Cocoa (Fla.)
The Top247 running back made his second official visit over the weekend. After visiting Notre Dame in October, Oregon had the versatile prospect on campus over the weekend as the Ducks try to play catch-up to the nations top ranked program.
DuckTerritory.com analyst Justin Hopkins on Folston’s recruitment: “Folston visited Eugene over the weekend giving Oregon a serious shot to impress the four-star back. It's hard to get a real gauge where things stand with Folston as he often declines interviews. Oregon has been close to 'pulling the plug' and walking away from Folston on more than one occasion only to have him reach out to the staff and express his sincere interest. As Jason Sapp from BlueAndGold.com reports, Notre Dame appears to be the biggest competition to the Ducks for the signature of the nation's No. 118 prospect.”
John Ross, WR, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
The speedy slot receiver prospect has made only one visit thus far, to Oregon in early October. While the Ducks remain the leader for the 5-foot-9, 165-pound ultra quick prospect, he will likely make visits to at least two more Pac-12 programs before making a decision.
Hopkins on Ross’ recruitment: “Ross visited Oregon on Oct. 6 and it's been all Ducks ever since. The word floating around is Ross would like to be a part of the 2013 class for Oregon but his parents are suggesting he take other visits still. UCLA and Washington figure to be the biggest competition to the Ducks, both of which he has visited at one point or another.”
Thomas Duarte, TE, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
The recruitment of flex tight end Thomas Duarte is likely a two horse race. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder appears to be headed for UCLA or Oregon decision with many believing Oregon is the team to beat, but the Bruins are clearly trending.
Hopkins on Duarte’s recruitment: “Like Folston, Duarte has kept a pretty tight lid on his recruitment. But the latest suggests this is an Oregon-UCLA battle and the Ducks could be the team to beat. Oregon is pretty deep at the wide receiver position but Duarte has size and speed to be a big target off the edge. Blocking is a key factor in every wide receiver Oregon targets.”
Daniel Etuale, DT, American Samoa
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Etuale is not known or talked about much in recruiting circles, but he is one of the top targets on the Ducks defensive board. All that stands between Etuale being a Duck is a qualifying test score, which could come this month.
Hopkins on Etuale’s recruitment: “One of the least talked about recruits is defensive line target Daniel Etuale. Etuale graduated high school in American Samoa and is not currently enrolled anywhere. He recently took the SAT and is waiting on a qualifying score, which he should receive around Nov. 20. If he gets his score, he will be a Duck and will enroll in December.”
Sione Sina, WDE, San Mateo (Calif.) College of San Mateo
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior college prospect visited Oregon in October, and remains the team to beat. As it currently stands, Chip Kelly and staff will have to fight off a Pac-12 and SEC program in the next month for the spring enrollee.
Hopkins on Sina’s recruitment: “Junior college defensive end Sione Sina visited Oregon in October. He is expected to take official visits to Oregon State, Texas A&M and possibly Cal before graduating in December. Oregon remains the team to beat and Sina would come in and compete for the vacant hybrid role by a graduating Dion Jordan.”
Max Redfield, S, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
The former USC commitment recently visited Notre Dame and many believe the Fighting Irish are the team to beat. With that said, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder will visit Oregon in the coming weeks and the Ducks are very much in the thick of it for the Top247 prospect.
Hopkins on Redfield’s recruitment: “Redfield recently de-committed from USC in order to have the chance to officially visit Oregon. Most felt Notre Dame led following his trip to South Bend, but the Ducks are trending. Before Redfield committed to USC in July, the Ducks and Trojans were his top two schools.”
Gareon Conley, Ath., Massillon (Ohio) Washington
The Michigan commitment continues to say he would like to take official visits to Oregon and Ohio State. The issue at hand is the fact Michigan would likely cut the Top247 prospect loose if he sets foot on another campus.
Hopkins on Conley’s recruitment: “Although Conley is still considered a Michigan commit, he has publicly stated he will take other visits which would likely end that agreement. If he does take his visits, as he indicates he will, it would either be Oregon or Ohio State landing the Top247 prospect. Conley has been offered to play corner or receiver by both programs.”