- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
On the eve of the Pac-12 opener for the Oregon Ducks, it's time to open the mailbag once again.
The Ducks will host three of their top targets on official visits when they take on the surprising Arizona Wildcats this Saturday.
Jerry L. (Eugene, Ore.):
With USC's annual loss to Stanford in the rearview mirror, will the Ducks have a shot at getting any of the Trojans' commits to look at them?
The loss itself won't cause any of their commits to look any closer at Oregon. I still expect there to be some movement among the Trojans' class.
The Ducks don't pursue committed players, but if anyone reaches out to them with sincere interest, things could get interesting.
Joseph T. (Dallas, Texas):
It amazes me how much the Ducks get talked about down here. People don't like that a team from the Pacific Northwest can come in here and get top running backs almost every year.
What is it about them that allows them to do what schools like LSU and Ohio State have a hard time doing?
More than anything, the Ducks offense and style of play are huge among recruits. That offense and style of play helped Texan LaMichael James become one of the most successful college running backs in recent memory.
Three of the running backs the Ducks have signed out of Texas in recent years have transferred out of the program after just one year. Only Tra Carson (Texas A&M) even saw the field.
Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) is a James clone and should thrive in Chip Kelly's system. His time in Eugene should give a good indication of whether the Ducks will continue to pursue Texas running backs.
The bottom line is that the Ducks now have a national brand. Their offense, uniforms and overall style have drawn a huge following, even in the Lone Star State.
Marcell W. (Inglewood, Calif.):
How do the Ducks not ever have any elite wide receivers? With their high-octane attack, an elite receiver could make them unstoppable.
While there has been no AJ Green, Marqise Lee or Julio Jones, there have been a number of future NFL tight ends, as well as a guy named De'Anthony Thomas who have been the leading receivers in recent years. Jeff Maehl was a go-to receiver, but the Ducks want a certain type of player out wide.
The most overlooked key to the Oregon offense is the downfield blocking, which is led by the wide receivers. They are the ones who allow for the home-run plays, but that is overlooked by the casual fan.
Wide receivers want the ball. They want the glory. Oregon's system is unique in that its wide receivers almost play as big a role in the run game as they do in the passing game. The Ducks look for the type of player who wants to play a role in their system and won't settle for anything less.
There are a number of talented young receivers on the roster and they already have four-star Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon) committed for 2013.
Clarence W (Bellevue, Wash.):
Does Oregon still have an edge on the Huskies in recruiting? The Ducks have made it a one-sided affair on the field but UW seems to be making up ground in recruiting.
The Ducks have a unique situation when it comes to recruiting. There is little-to-no local talent in the immediate area. They also run a unique system that works with certain types of players. The Ducks go where they have to go to find the right guys.
In the past, the Huskies have had more pull than the Ducks in terms of history, location and more. The lack of success on the field is what has hurt Washington in recent years.
New facilities and a program working its way back toward respectability have the Huskies back on track. Bringing in Tosh Lupoi and Justin Wilcox has helped the Washington staff reel in some top talent, but oddly enough, the Ducks and Huskies don't go head-to-head very often in recruiting.