- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
As the Ducks' schedule is about to get turned up a notch at Arizona State, recruiting is starting to take shape as well. With a limited number of spots left, the Ducks seem to be continuing their recent trend of adding elite prospects to their recruiting board late in the process.
The No. 40 player in the ESPN 150 and the No. 3 safety, Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), has an official visit scheduled to Oregon on Oct. 26.
McQuay is the only true defensive back the Ducks are targeting at this time in the 2013 class. While the Ducks are clearly bringing up the rear in McQuay's top five, an official visit to Eugene has changed a few minds over the years.
The Ducks are targeting another elite defensive back who could possibly make the switch to wide receiver if he chose to sign with Oregon -- the school that he recently called his favorite. The problem with the Ducks being the favorite school of Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) is that he is currently committed to Michigan. The Ducks don't like to recruit committed players, and Michigan won't recognize a recruit as a commit if he visits another school.
The No. 61 player in the ESPN 150, Conley is also ranked as the No. 9 cornerback in the country. Similar to Oregon commits Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) and twins Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln), the Ducks like Conley's measurables and versatility as an athlete.
Keep an eye on him as a scheduled visit to Oregon means that Conley is essentially leaving his commitment with Michigan behind. If that happens, the Ducks likely become the favorite.
As it is with McQuay, the Ducks are likely trailing Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M for the No. 121 player in the ESPN 150, Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian). Mitchell has made it known that he has a top four of the three schools mentioned above and the Ducks.
According to his father, Mitchell has a lot of interest in the Ducks but knows the least about the Ducks program, compared to the other contenders. Mitchell is still working to set up a visit to Oregon and getting one scheduled should come soon for the No. 10 outside linebacker in the country.
ESPN Watch List member Dionte Sykes (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) had rave reviews regarding his recent unofficial visit to Eugene. Childhood favorite UCLA remains at the top early in the process for the junior, but Oregon made a huge impression. Sykes figures to be among the top recruits in the West in his class.
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