- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
With bowl preparation well underway and recruiting in full swing, there is a lot of information floating around regarding the Oregon Ducks' football program.
The Ducks lost their bid to regain a commitment from OL Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) when he committed to UCLA over the Ducks last week. The Ducks did gain their first commitment since late September when junior college LB Joe Walker (Wilmington, Calif./Harbor College) committed after receiving an offer on his official visit last weekend.
With the holidays approaching, the mail took a while to arrive but the DuckNation mailbag is filled to the brim with questions.
Peter T. (Long Beach, Calif.): It seems like a lot of programs go on recruiting runs where they get a number of commits within a short period of time. How come the Ducks haven't had that yet?
DuckNation: They have, just not lately. From the end of May through the end of July, the Ducks got commitments from six recruits in a three-month stretch, including four in an eight-day period in June. With signing day less than two months away and anywhere from seven to 10 spots remaining in the Class of 2013, expect another barrage of commits over the next seven weeks.
With the addition of Walker, the Ducks have just one -- maybe two -- spots available at LB, their biggest position of need. While target Zayd Issah (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) recommitted to Penn State, the Ducks have a number of LB targets that could compete to fill the last available spot(s).
Donte N. (Ventura, Calif.): He's only a sophomore but are the Ducks looking at St. Bonaventure QB Ricky Town? He has to be the top underclass QB in California.
DN: We wouldn't feel comfortable saying the Ducks are pursuing him at this time, but you can bet that they know about him. Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) tore it up this season for the Bonnies and has the attention of a number of elite programs early on. Town is definitely one to watch, as he has two years of high school remaining as the starting QB for a high-profile program.
Joe P. (Hoover, Ala.): Does Oregon really think they can come to SEC country and get them a defensive player? Ya'll ain't getting Zach Cunningham. WDE!
DN: As of right now, neither Auburn or Oregon has offered Zach Cunningham (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley). I'm sure the Ducks feel OK about him or they wouldn't have visited him for a third time in two weeks. His recruitment is blowing up and will be a good one to watch from here on out.
One of the Ducks' starting safeties this year is from Birmingham. He didn't have big-time offers but he has been a very good player so far for the Ducks in his three years in Eugene.
Dimitri W. (Seattle, Wash.): With Danny Mattingly back on the market after ditching Notre Dame, who do you think he'll commit to and sign with?
DN: Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) visited UCLA and Arizona State in the past three weeks and will be in Eugene this weekend for an official visit to Oregon. He was scheduled to visit in mid-November, but his playoff schedule forced him to reschedule. UCLA feels good about its chances, but so do Washington and Oregon. Notre Dame, Miami and Arizona State are all in play but the Ducks, Huskies and Bruins lead the way.
The Ducks love his versatility and he likes the Ducks' style of play. He could play tight end or linebacker anywhere he goes, but the Ducks might be the most willing to let him earn his spot on either side of the ball.
Karl F. (Newport, Ore.): How good is Joe Walker? He doesn't have many offers and came out of nowhere.
DN: Joe Walker (Wilmington, Calif./Harbor College) is good enough for the Ducks to visit him in Southern California, host him on an official visit, offer him a scholarship and accept his commitment within the last 10 days. He looks good on film and has the size and skill to contribute right away in the middle of the Ducks' defense. Texas A&M, Duke and Syracuse were all recruiting him and he chose the Ducks over them and a number of other schools that were pursuing him. If the Ducks weren't happy with him, none of those things would have happened.
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