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Oregon recruiting: Defensive backs

10/15/2012

With an defense as fast and lethal as their offense, the Oregon secondary has become perhaps the deepest, and strongest unit on the team.

The Ducks have improved athletically at the position and have some solid talent waiting in the wings. With an aggressive style that leaves the cornerbacks in man-coverage more often then not -- and safeties that provide a lot of run support -- the Ducks defensive backfield has become a desirable destination for recruits.

Finding players that fit the scheme has been easier than most other positions, and the results can be seen on the field each week. With three commitments from athletes who could also wind up on offense, the Ducks are still in search of one or two more defensive backs this year.

As the Ducks continue the search for one or two more defensive backs, here is how the position is shaping up for the Class of 2013.

Official visits in parentheses

Cornerback: No commits

The Ducks are not currently pursuing any pure cornerbacks. (Athletes Chris Seisay, Tyree Robinson, Juwaan Williams and potentially, John Ross, could wind up at CB.)

Safety: No commits (Athletes Chris Seisay, Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson could wind up at safety.)

Leon McQuay III: 6-foot-2, 183-pounds; Seffner (Fla.) Armwood -- No. 40 in ESPN 150, No. 3 safety

Favorites: USC (Sept. 2), Vanderbilt (Oct. 12) Florida (Sept. 21), Michigan (Nov. 9), Florida St (Nov. 23)

Long shot: Oregon (Oct. 26)

Athletes (DB/WR): Three commits

Committed:

Tyree Robinson: 6-foot-3, 190-pounds; San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln -- No. 273 in ESPN 300, No. 43 WR

Tyrell Robinson: 6-foot-3, 210-pounds; San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln -- No. 47 ATH

Chris Seisay: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds; American Canyon (Calif.) -- No. 85 ATH

Offers:

Juwaan Williams: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds; Tucker (GA) -- No. 103 ATH

Favorite: Florida State (Nov. 23)

Next in line: Clemson (Oct. 19, Notre Dame (Sept. 21), Vanderbilt (TBD)

Dark horse: Oregon (Oct. 5)

Gareon Conley: 6-foot-1, 175-pounds; Massillon (Ohio) Washington -- No. 61 in ESPN 150, No. 9 cornerback

*Committed to Michigan

Conley recently came out and said that Oregon has always been his favorite school and that he would love to visit. Oregon coaches were by his school this week. If the were to visit Oregon, Michigan would no longer consider him a commit, leaving the door open for him to join the Ducks, should they offer.