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Ducks' recruiting mailbag

11/20/2012

The Ducks hosted an impressive group of official visitors last weekend when they took on the Stanford Cardinal. There were no commitments made publicly, but the Ducks appears to have made a big impact on all four visitors.

they remain committed to USC and Stanford, respectively, Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Peter Kalambayi (Matthews, N.C./Butler) both came away impressed with the Oregon program and have a lot to think about before signing day. Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) was also impressed and, according to his high school coach, might be done with visits and ready to decide between Notre Dame and Oregon.

Bryan G. (Glendale, Calif.): Nico Falah said "Oregon is back in it," but also said he is still a Trojan. Is the fact that he said Oregon is in it just post-visit talk or is he truly considering the Ducks?

DuckNation: Falah has always liked Oregon and truly enjoyed his visit over the weekend. He said he is still committed to USC and there is no reason to think that will change. The Ducks did make a strong impression on the nation's No. 224 player iand put themselves in position to remain in the hunt until signing day. Should something happen at USC with changes to the coaching staff or mass defections from the recruiting class, the Ducks will be a big factor in his decision.

Nick D. (Pleasanton, Calif.): How can Stanford have such a dominant front line on both sides of the ball, yet Oregon can't seem to get the kind of bruisers that the Cardinal can?

DN: They run very different systems from Oregon on both sides of the ball. Stanford likes to pound the ball downhill on offense by using their tight ends heavily in both and passing and running game. The Ducks' offense is also run-heavy, but it goes about it in a different way. Stanford wants to run you over. The Ducks want to make you miss.

On defense, it's much of the same. The Ducks want to put speed on the field and fly around to confuse the offense. Stanford is more traditional in its approach and have the hogs up front to use just seven men in the box on most defensive series.

The Ducks recruit their type of players the same way Stanford does. They have both been very successful with their own approach.

Tyrone R. (Oakland, Calif.): Where do the Ducks stand with Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) and the other running back recruits?

DN: The Ducks appear to have moved on from Newby. They are focused on Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa). The three ESPN 150 prospects are the Ducks' top targets, and deservedly so. If they are unable to reel in any of the three big fish, it appears the Ducks' next option is Kani Benoit (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird).

Scott K. (Newport Beach, Calif.): Why do the Ducks seem to have slowed down in their Southern California recruiting. With USC struggling and UCLA still unproven it seems like the perfect opportunity for them to get a greater foothold down here.

DN: They haven't. It's no longer the only place they look for prospects, but the Ducks are still active in SoCal. They have three commits from San Diego, an area they haven't had a lot of success in recent years. They had Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) on board until his recent decommitment. They are making a big push for Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) as well as offensive line prospects Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake), J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley,Calif./Fountain Valley) and Nico Falah.

WR John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan), TE Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and juco LB Ivan McLennan (Torrance, Calif./El Camino College) are among the Ducks' remaining targets. The Ducks look good for all three of them and could easily wind up with Redmond, Oser, Hinnant or Falah in their offensive line haul.