- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
During an impressive blowout win over Arkansas State on Saturday night, the Oregon Ducks displayed a lot of speed, size and some of the young talent that will be the core of their team in the coming years.
Our readers seem to have taken notice of the 17 freshman that saw the field for the Ducks and wonder what type of impact that may have on Oregon's recruiting efforts in the near future.
With that, it's time to open up the mailbag again as the Ducks get set to host Fresno State tomorrow.
Steve E. (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Knowing Marcus Mariota has three years left after this season -- will the Ducks be able to sign a quarterback in 2014?
Yes. Bryan Bennett's could still transfer, as could freshmen Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues. Any of them could transfer at any time since they are just one year behind Mariota, leaving little room for playing time in the coming years. Mariota will be eligible to leave after 2013, so if the Ducks sign a top QB and redshirt him, he could potentially become the starter in 2014 with four seasons to play.
There are some elite QB's in the west for 2014 and the Ducks will be heavily involved in their recruitment. Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) are two of the top targets.
Sean A (San Francisco, Calif.)
How big is the Fresno State weekend for the Ducks recruiting efforts this year?
Not as big as it looked on Thursday morning.
Two of the top targets left on the Ducks recruiting board will not be in town for their first official visits as previously planned. Instead, twin brothers Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) will reschedule their official visit for Sept. 21, when the Ducks open Pac-12 play against Arizona.
John D (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Does having a roster loaded with young talent make it harder to recruit top guys?
Not at all. Ask USC, Alabama, LSU, Texas, Florida, etc. The best kids want to compete, and looking at the depth charts of the top programs nationwide will tell you just that.
Josh W. (Portland, Ore.)
Seeing as how the Ducks just offered [Doug] Brenner, how confident do you feel in [Thomas] Oser and/or [J.D.] Hinnant as future Ducks?
The Ducks offered Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) as a center earlier this week, while Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) and J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) are being looked at as future guards or tackles.
Don't be shocked if the Ducks land Brenner soon, with Oser and Hinnant jumping on board later to finish off the offensive line group in this class.
Aaron W (Seattle, Wash.)
Do you think it hurts the Ducks by not having a young guy like Tosh [Lupoi] on staff to help recruit top talent?
Not at all. De'Anthony Thomas, Bralon Addison and Arik Armstead will tell you otherwise. Having a staff that has been together for years means more to most kids than having a guy they like to converse with on social media.
Jeffrey L (San Diego, Calif.)
With Johnny Mundt already committed, are the Ducks really pursuing Thomas Duarte from Mater Dei? We already have five, first- or second-year tight ends on the roster.
Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) is a different type of player that is athletic enough to play wide receiver. He is an ideal fit for the Ducks offensive system. John Mundt (Modesto, Calif/Central Catholic) is more of a blocking tight end that will most likely redshirt.
Duarte is a fantastic athlete that would likely be committed to USC if it had a normal sized class.