Oregon recruiting mailbag


It was a wild week for the Ducks, as they lost one of the best players to ever come out of the state of Oregon, only to get him back 36 hours later.

On Tuesday, the No. 104 player in the ESPN 150 and the top player from Oregon, Thomas Tyner -- Aloha (Ore.) High School -- decommitted from the Ducks, whom he had been committed to since last November.

On Thursday, the No. 11 running back in the country decided not to take any other official visits and recommitted to the Oregon staff.

Many of the questions DuckNation received this week no longer require an answer, but the mailbag is still overflowing with questions about the US Army All-American running back.

Peter S. (West Linn, Ore.): With or without Tyner in this class, do you see the Ducks signing another running back? Who are the options at this point?

DuckNation: Without Tyner, the Ducks would be in scramble mode in an effort to replace him. With him, they are still looking to add a third running back to the Class of 2013.

The No. 6 RB in the class, Derrick Green of Richmond (Va.) Hermitage has an official visit scheduled to Oregon.

The No. 5 RB in the class, Alvin Kamara of Norcross (Ga.) High School seems destined to wind up in the SEC but is still in contact with the Ducks. It's a stretch, but a visit could give him something to think about.

Terrell Newby II from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade has visited Nebraska twice and plans to visit his other finalists -- Cal, Oregon and Washington -- later this fall.

Two new names have emerged for the final spot in the Ducks' running back class. Kani Benoit from Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird has yet to receive an offer from the Ducks, but the mutual interest is there.

Another name and another long shot in the mix for the last spot is Tarean Folston of Cocoa (Fla.) High School. Folston has the look of an Oregon back and has expressed interest in visiting.

Louie M. (Los Angeles, Calif.): Oregon fans went crazy when Thomas Tyner decommitted. Do you think that will help them understand what USC fans went through with De'Anthony Thomas? The 'Black Mamba' is a legend here and it seems like Tyner is the same up there. If he chooses to bail on the Ducks, what would that do to the fan base?

DuckNation: That's a whole new can of worms right there, Louie! I could write a book on this subject, but I'll spare you for now.

Oregon fans did have some strong reactions to the news when it first broke. That is the norm nowadays with social media, but fan reactions can have a big impact on these recruits.

Thomas shocked the world when he ditched the Trojans at the last second in favor of the Ducks. That has to be considered one of the top recruiting coups in history, considering Thomas' stature in Los Angeles. Considering he grew up down the street from USC, it was even a bigger shock.

Tyner has a very close family in the state of Oregon. After committing so early to the Ducks, he just wanted to see UCLA -- the one school that continued to recruit him since he pledged to the Ducks.

Much has been made about Oregon's recent success at locking up in-state talent, so losing a guy like Tyner in the end would be a brutal blow to the Ducks' efforts to lock up the state. For now, everything is back to normal, and it looks like it will remain that way through signing day.

Harry S. (Pleasanton, Calif.): As a De La Salle alum, I love the linebackers we have this year. With [Michael] Hutchings set for USC, do the Ducks have a shot at Victor Egu, D.J. Moffitt or Austin Hooper?

DuckNation: They have a great group of defenders in the front seven at De La Salle this year. Michael Hutchings gets most of the publicity, but Egu is not far behind.

He is big and athletic and fits the mold of Oregon's recent linebackers. Egu recently visited Eugene and came away very impressed with everything he saw. While Moffitt has expressed a lot of interest in the Ducks, he has not received an Oregon offer at this point. Hooper is one of the select defensive ends that Oregon is targeting in this class. He has been fairly quiet on the recruiting front, but that will change as he lines up visits once the season ends.