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Ducks' class looking thin at offensive line

12/9/2012
Evan Voeller is the Ducks' top offensive line commitment in the 2013 class, but he still needs some future teammates. Zach Perry/Intersport

When offensive lineman Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), a former Ducks commit, opened up his recruitment last month, he was immediately pursued by several other schools. When the offer came on Friday night from one of the local schools he originally considered, he didn't hesitate to jump on it.

"I just committed to [UCLA OL coach] Coach Klemm. I'm a Bruin," Redmond said. "It feels good to be done with it. I really like the style they play with and think it will be a great fit."

While he dropped them last month, he was still considering the Ducks and had been in regular contact with Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. The Ducks visited Redmond twice in recent weeks but were unable to win him back. With Redmond off the market, the Ducks have just two offensive line commits in the Class of 2013.

After whiffing on the talented crop of high school offensive linemen in last year's class, the Ducks are in dire need of signing one or two more this year.

The Ducks have commitments from two in-state linemen, but they are making a big push to add more size and talent up front.

Under Armour All-American Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) -- the No. 12 OT and No. 181 player in the ESPN 300 -- is solid in his commitment and could compete for playing time in 2013 if Ducks senior Kyle Long is denied his appeal for another year of eligibility. The Ducks also have athlete Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) in the fold and he will be groomed to take over at center after Hroniss Grasu's eligibility has run out.

The Ducks are currently pursuing three Southern California offensive linemen and are in the mix for all three. Long-time USC commit Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) -- the No. 14 OT and No. 224 player in the ESPN 300 -- recently visited Oregon and came away impressed. Falah, however, said Sunday to RecruitingNation's Blair Angulo that he is still sticking with the Trojans and that Washington is his No. 2 choice.

OT Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) has only visited Oregon so far and has a great relationship with Greatwood. Oser is working to set up visits to Stanford and Vanderbilt, where his teammate and quarterback Chad Kanoff (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) is committed. Oser is from New Jersey originally, so the distance is no factor for him, but it appears the Ducks have the advantage right now.

OT J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) was in a bad automobile accident in early November that left him in a wheelchair for the next few weeks. Once he is mobile again, he plans to visit Oregon, Cal, Duke and Nebraska, the four schools that make up his finalists. Hinnant plays in an offense similar to Oregon's and feels comfortable with the style of play and the Ducks' coaching staff.

It seems likely that the Ducks will land at least one of the three Southern California prospects but Oregon might be looking elsewhere -- possibly the junior college ranks -- for other possibilities should their chances of signing any of them decline.