- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
When the Ducks play host to Fresno State on Saturday, they will also have four official visitors watching the program very closely. Oregon commits Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) and Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) will be in town along with two of the Ducks top remaining targets in Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)
Before things heat up next week, the Oregon Ducks were able to host a number of in-state recruits for what will be one of the more calm in-season recruiting weekends for the Oregon football program in 2012.
Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) was the first commit in this class and he was the headliner among the unofficial visitors as they Ducks blew out Arkansas State on Saturday night.
Speaking of being a headliner, Tyner had an answer for all of the critics that claim he is nothing but a fast kid with a fragile body. In typical Tyner fashion, his response didn't come via social media or out of his mouth -- it came through his Friday night performance, as 10 carries for 216 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown speak louder than any words can.
Also in the group were 2013 recruits Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), Johnny Ragin (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville), Tanner Shipley (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) and Mike Ralston (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon). Two confirmed 2014 prospects were also in the stands as athlete Kenyatta Dunmore (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon) and receiver Jordan Morgan (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge) both took unofficial visits.
Brenner has been gaining momentum on the recruiting trail and has Oregon eying him as a potential replacement for Hroniss Grasu at center. Brenner came away from the trip feeling pretty well about the way his recruitment is shaping up.
"It was nice to see everything up close and see how it all works. Mostly it was good to catch up with the coaches. They let me know where things stand, so I'm going to remain patient and keep coming down for home games," Brenner said.
Like Brenner, Ragin has been slowly creeping up the Ducks' recruiting board and is playing the waiting game. He may not have to wait much longer.
Ragin was able to turn in game film from his first outing of the year and is excited to hear back from the Ducks after they have a chance to review the tape.
"They said it was good to see me in town and that they will watch my film this week and touch base before next weekend," said Ragin, the three-star linebacker that teams with Shipley to form one of the state's most dynamic duos.
Shipley is looking to join the list of in-state athletes looking for a Ducks' offer. Since decommitting from BYU in July, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete, who is playing running back and safety for Wilsonville this fall, has been in contact with the Ducks and plans to stay in touch as he hopes to gain an offer from Oregon.
Dunmore and Morgan are two of the state's top prospects for the class of 2014. Both have good size, checking in at 6-foot, 175 pounds and 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, respectively.
Dunmore is the younger brother of Oregon freshman Oshay Dunmore and recently moved to Eugene with his family from the small coastal town of Newport, Ore. With that comes a huge step up in competition as he now plays from one of the state's best programs, which happens to be in the shadows of Autzen Stadium.
Morgan is an impressive athlete with good size that has the early attention of the Ducks. A standout season in the state's premier league should provide a big boost for Morgan as he works to land on the radar of schools nationwide.
The Ducks have been busy in reaching out to 2014 prospects nationwide since the contact period began Sept. 1.
Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) will be among the top defenders in the 2014 class and recently added the Ducks to an offer list that already includes schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and many more.
Jumbo athlete Jordan Hoiem (Wailuku, Haw./Baldwin) has been in touch with the Ducks and holds them, along with USC, in high regard.
Others who have heard from the Ducks in the past week include 2014 quarterback Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Connor).
Three members of what sets up as one of the country's top teams in 2014 have heard from the Ducks in the early going. Cornerback Adoree' Jackson, linebacker Dwight Williams and quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra) have all heard from the Ducks, among many other schools. The trio will be among the most sought after players in the West in 2014.
When the Ducks play host to Fresno State on Saturday, they will also have four official visitors watching the program very closely. Oregon commits Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif.