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Oregon recruiting mailbag: Dec. 7

12/7/2012
The decision to stop recruiting Gareon Conley could be one Oregon regrets. Brad Bournival/ESPN.com

There has been a high volume of activity surrounding the Ducks' recruiting efforts in the past week. Some good, some bad and some, just plain weird. The Ducks dropped two of their top targets, added three new offers and reached out to USC CB commit Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) once again.

You asked. We'll answer. It's time once again for the Oregon Ducks recruiting mailbag.

Sam I. (Encino, Calif.): What are the Ducks thinking by telling Max Redfield and Gareon Conley to look elsewhere? Two of the best, two-way players in the country, both of whom love the Ducks and our staff tells them they're moving on? Can you explain this?

DuckNation: Sort of. Stopping the pursuit of two of the top overall athletes in the country will always raise an eyebrow. Doing so when both of them have you in their top three schools is something no one can really understand. With Oregon's seemingly random recruiting approach, there is a saying among fans, "trust the coaches." The Ducks obviously have a method to their madness due to their recent recruiting success. In this case, trusting the coaches might be the best thing to do. It is highly unlikely that the Ducks would quit recruiting guys like Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) without good reason.

The Ducks have to feel good about getting ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) or S Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) to join ATH Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) in the Ducks' defensive backfield of the future. Of course, the Ducks are always good for a completely out-of-the-blue commitment or two late in the process.