- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
With the final regular-season home game set for Saturday night, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the Oregon football program. ESPN's College GameDay will be in Eugene on senior day, a fitting home finale for the most successful class in school history.
Ducks fans will say goodbye to the seniors and get a glimpse of some potential future players, as Oregon will host a number of recruits over the weekend. With the Ducks making a move to No. 2 in the BCS, they hope to make a move in the recruiting rankings as well.
There's plenty to discuss and questions to be answered, so it's time to tear open the mail once again.
Kirk C. (Issaquah, Wash.): Where do the Ducks stand with Brayden Kearsley; Aloha (Ore.) High School? I know Oregon has a policy of not hosting committed players, but have they been in conversation with him at all? With the Tyner connection he seems like the perfect candidate to be the 4th O-lineman for this class, and I read he was planning on visiting UW and OSU…
DuckNation: Kearsley loves the Ducks. He grew up an Oregon fan and wants an offer badly. His commitment to BYU is still intact, but barely. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood really likes him and wanted to offer, but Chip Kelly didn't want to based on his committed status. That policy is obviously flexible, but that is what Kearsley has said.
The Ducks are down to two offensive line commits after the decommitment of Alex Redmond of Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School, so the Ducks could wind up giving Kearsley another look before signing day.
Randall T (Redding, Calif.): If Chip Kelly decides to leave after this season, will the Ducks be able to maintain their success on the field and in recruiting?
DN: It would all depend on whether they hire from within or bring in an outsider such as Boise State's Chris Peterson. The current coaches know the system and would likely stick to what they know. They'd be crazy not to. If someone such as Ducks offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich steps in to replace Kelly, things wouldn't change too much in terms of scheme. Helfrich doesn't have the name or the personality of Kelly, but the Ducks have built enough cache that they now have the staying power to withstand Kelly's loss, assuming the scheme and most of the coaching staff remain.
Donte N. (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.): With Avery Patterson joining John Boyett in being out for the year, does freshman Reggie Daniels lose his redshirt? If so, do the Ducks target another safety in this year's class?
DN: It remains to be seen if Daniels will be forced into action, which would result in a lost year, so it would have some impact on the future. The Ducks would still have three defensive backs on redshirt if Daniels plays, so it all depends on who they can bring in as they close out this recruiting class. They could always redshirt Daniels again next year, but he seems destined for a big role next season, so they'd like to avoid that issue all together.
If the Ducks were somehow able to land Leon McQuay III of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood and Max Redfield of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School -- should he play on defense at Oregon -- they would take both and take it from there.
Leonard T. (Coos Bay, Ore.): Do the Ducks really have a shot at Tarean Folston of Cocoa (Fla.) High School?
DN: Folston is a tough one to read. He doesn't really speak with the media and has been among the most quiet of the elite recruits this year. The short answer is yes. Folston has offers from elite programs nationwide. He visited Notre Dame last month and according to his high school coach, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound athlete enjoyed his time in South Bend, Ind. This weekend will be his second official visit. With the distance being so great, the Ducks must impress Folston enough to fight off the rest of his suitors, most of which are much closer to home.