- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Things have been quiet on the recruiting side of things for the Oregon Ducks in recent weeks as they have been preparing for the upcoming season.
As the season kicks off this weekend, the Ducks will pay close attention to the start of the high school football season as they try to identify emerging prospects from around the country.
A number of recruits -- defensive prospects in particular -- will be evaluated by the Oregon staff in the coming weeks as their senior film makes its way into the hands of recruiters.
Two of those defenders, in-state prospects Johnny Ragin III (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) and Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) will be on hand this weekend for the first of what will likely be several unofficial visits.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ragin has shot up the recruiting boards and would be a good fit for the Ducks on defense, as they look to bring in two or three linebackers in this class.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Brenner is likely a backup option for the D-line and will be watched closely in regard to where he might fit in.
The Ducks face Arkansas State this weekend and host Fresno State on Sept. 8. Not only should the Bulldogs be a stiff Week 2 test for the Ducks, but that also will be a big recruiting weekend.
Oregon commits Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon Christian) and Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) will take their official visits to Eugene that weekend, with the added duty of helping recruit two of the Ducks' top prospects.
The two commits have developed a good relationship in the past few months, and their chemistry could provide a big influence on twin brothers and two-sport athletes Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln), who will also make an official visit that weekend to Eugene.
Carrington knows the Robinson brothers well, so his presence can only help the Ducks as the football staff and the Ducks basketball staff will provide the full-court press for the duo.
It sounds as though USC offensive line commit Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) will take an official to Eugene the weekend of Sept. 21. And he's not the only otherwise committed recruit who would like to officially visit the Oregon program, as two wide receivers have the Ducks in their sights.
Hammond called Oregon his dream school and is working to get in touch with the Ducks coaches to set an official visit in hopes of earning an offer. Griffin has long held the Ducks in high regard as well.
The No. 29 overall player in the ESPN 150 has mentioned Auburn, Baylor, Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma State as schools he is still listening to despite his commitment. More recently he has made it known that he wants to get in touch with Oregon and take an official visit to Eugene during the season.
Griffin is also an elite basketball prospect, checking in as the No. 97 player in the ESPN 100. Griffin has made it known that he is working hard on his grades, as they are not at the level they need to be at this point.
And the Ducks might need to expand their search for defensive linemen, as one of their top targets also has academic issues. One of the top remaining defensive line prospects in the West, Vita Vea (Milpitas, Calif./Milpitas) has long considered Oregon a favorite, but the Ducks have yet to offer.