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Ducks set to host in-state stars for opener

8/28/2012

The Oregon Ducks kick off their quest for a fourth straight league title this weekend when they host Arkansas State on Saturday night. Recruiting has been uneventful as of late for the Ducks, but some in-state stars will be on hand for unofficial visits this weekend.

Two of the state's top players in the 2013 class are in search of an offer from the Ducks and both could see an offer come their way as they each fill a position of need.

Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) is a versatile defensive prospect that could play anywhere from middle linebacker to defensive tackle in the future. Brenner currently holds offers from Air Force, Wyoming and Oregon State. An offer from the Ducks would trump all of those and likely result in a commitment from the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder.

Johnny Ragin III (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) has become a sought after prospect in recent months after he emerged at the Portland (Ore.) Nike SPARQ Combine and the Oregon NFTC. With his performance that weekend, Ragin earned an invite to The Opening, where he showed he could compete at the highest level.

Schools from around the country took notice and Ragin quickly earned offers from the like of BYU and Oregon State. A host of other schools also began to look at Ragin and evaluate his progress. Outside of USC, every Pac-12 school has been in touch with Ragin and even Georgia has reached out to the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect.

Ragin made a strong impression on Oregon when he was a standout at their summer camp. The fast-rising Ragin has been told by a number of schools that they will be by to see him this fall.

"Coach Pellum [Oregon LB Coach] said he will be by the school soon. They want to see some film from my first couple of games before they make a decision to offer me. They need linebackers this year and I feel like I fit into the scheme really well. I'll just have to see who decides to offer and schedule visits around that," Ragin said.

Both Ragin and Brenner appear to be on the outside looking in right now, but a scholarship offer seemingly awaits Ragin if his early season film impresses the Ducks as much his summer workouts did.

The younger brother of Ducks freshman Oshay Dunmore will also make the trip to Eugene this weekend after getting word that he would be welcome at any of the Ducks' home games this year.

Yadie Dunmore (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon) will be in attendance Saturday as he looks to make an early impression on the Oregon staff. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete is versatile and would likely follow in his brother's footsteps and become an early commit to the Ducks if he were to receive an offer.