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San Diego twins key recruits for Ducks

9/3/2012
San Diego twins Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson will be making their official visits to Oregon on Sept. 8, when the Ducks play Fresno State. Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.com

After hosting a small group of unofficial visitors from Portland and Eugene on Saturday, Oregon's recruiting is about to take a big step up this weekend when they play Fresno State in Autzen Stadium.

The Bulldogs won't be the only visitors, though, as four of the Ducks' top recruits will be on hand for their first official visits.

Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) and Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon), who both have verbally committed to Oregon, will take their only planned official visit of the fall as they look to solidify their decisions.

They have been committed for a while, but the other two official visitors the Ducks are set to host are taking their time.

Twin brothers Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) will make their long-awaited visit to one of their top schools when they travel to Eugene this weekend.

The Robinsons, who plan to play two sports in college, will get their first look at everything Oregon's football and basketball programs have to offer. Ducks basketball coach Dana Altman will be among those very interested in the visit, as both players are among the top 50 basketball prospects in California for the class of 2013.

For now, it's football season, and the Ducks' program will need to make a very strong impression on the brothers in order to hold off schools like Washington, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC, Arizona and Arizona State, who are among those being considered for official visits later this fall.

The way Chip Kelly recruits for his program is to find athletes first and figure out where they belong once they arrive on campus. The Robinsons are the ideal fit for Kelly's system, no matter which side of the ball they wind up on.

Tyree, the No. 273 player in the ESPN 300, is known as the better offensive prospect, while Tyrell is thought to be the better prospect on the defensive side of the ball.

As it stands now, the Ducks like both of the four-star recruits on the defensive side of the ball, but their versatility is likely what has them at the top of Oregon's recruiting board.

At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, Tyree is a big wide receiver -- rated No. 43 at the position -- who would give Oregon a much-needed combination of size and elite athleticism at the receiver spot. His quickness and agility also could allow him to play defensive back at an elite level.

At 6-3, 210 pounds, Tyrell is bigger and more physical than Tyree and has the Ducks eying him for their safety spot, with the potential to move to outside linebacker. No matter where he would line up, Tyrell would give the Ducks an added element of speed and physicality in their aggressive defensive scheme.

The Ducks have recruited athletes at every position since Kelly took over the program, and the Robinson brothers would seemingly be a perfect addition. The Ducks want to put their players in a spot where they are comfortable and where they have the most experience, but in the new age of Oregon football, the best athletes will be on the field.

The defense is the likely recipient of the remainder of the available scholarships, as the Ducks will lose three starters from the back seven after this season.

Before any decision about their future position is made the Robinsons will have to decide on a school. If Carrington, their friend and fellow San Diego star, has his way, the Ducks will add two more four-star recruits to their commitment list.

"I know they are still trying to figure things out, but having them come to Oregon with me would be amazing," Carrington said. "They are both amazing athletes and and good dudes. Playing college football with them would be an amazing experience."

While they have yet to officially name their leaders, Washington, Oregon and USC seem to be the front-runners for the brothers. USC was thought to be out of it due to their scholarship reductions, but counting USC out of any recruiting battle has proven to be a fruitless endeavor.