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Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters

10/29/2012
Tom Hauck for ESPN.com

With another relatively slow start to the recruiting year, the Oregon Ducks have been fairly quiet so far in terms of commitments. With limited scholarships available in the Class of 2013, the Ducks are being highly selective with the remaining spots in the class, so they are shooting for the stars.

This past weekend, the Ducks hosted one of the biggest stars in this year's recruiting class as the No. 40 player in the ESPN 150, Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), made the long trek from Florida to Eugene with his parents.

The early word on his visit is that it was a positive one for the nation's No. 3 safety. Regardless of how well the visit went, it will be tough to overcome schools such as USC, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Vanderbilt to earn his signature come February.

Last week, the Ducks learned that Jadarius West (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew) -- a Class of 2012 athlete -- will join the Ducks' track-and-field program in the spring, and then join the football program in the same capacity in the fall. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound West signed with Hutchinson Community College out of high school before deciding to head to Oregon as a walk-on next spring.

» Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) -- who has offers from a number of other elite programs -- is set to visit Oregon when the Ducks host Stanford on Nov. 17th. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound athlete had an early offer from the Ducks, among others.

» Ducks running back target Terrell Newby II (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) -- who is still awaiting an official Oregon offer -- recently received an offer from longtime local favorite UCLA.

Newby has maintained that he plans to visit Oregon, Cal and Washington later this fall after previously visiting Nebraska officially and unofficially. UCLA might get an official visit, but Newby can make it to Westwood in less than 30 minutes. The Bruins are likely to jump near the top of his list and will be in the hunt moving forward.

» Oregon basketball target Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) was in Eugene this past weekend to visit the Oregon basketball program. The Ducks appear to be the leader for his signature as long as UConn -- a long-time favorite -- doesn't offer him.

Bell has offers from a number of programs and recently named a top four, made up of Oregon, Auburn, Kansas State and Connecticut. The No. 14 player in California maintains that he will wait until the spring to make his decision.

Assuming UConn and new head coach, Kevin Ollie -- a Los Angeles native -- don't offer the Poly star, the Ducks are in good shape to sign him next spring.