After the surprising decommitment of OL Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) -- who has since committed to UCLA -- the Ducks had to re-focus their efforts as they work to piece together their future offensive line. In doing so, they found a new prospect in the most unlikely of places.
Last month, the Ducks received film from OL Jake Pisarcik (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and liked what they saw. They liked it so much that, despite the fact that no other school at any level had offered him, the Ducks not only flew out to New Jersey to see him, they offered him a scholarship and accepted a commitment from him within a week. Pisarcik's pledge gave the Ducks three offensive line commits in their 2013 recruiting class.
When he committed, the under-the-radar Pisarcik joined in-state offensive line commits Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) -- No. 181 in the ESPN 300 and an Under Armour All-American -- and Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) in the Ducks' class. The Ducks have been expected to add three or four offensive linemen during this recruiting cycle. After Ducks' senior Kyle Long recently had his appeal for an extra season denied by the NCAA, it now appears that the Ducks will definitely take a fourth commit along the offensive line.
The same week that the Ducks offered the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Pisarcik, they extended an offer to a prospect closer to home. The problem was that Sean Dowling (Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook) couldn't care less about being closer to home. After the Ducks' offer came in, he said he appreciated receiving an offer from the Pac-12 power but committed to Vanderbilt soon after.
In the end, it looks as if the Ducks are still targeting the same three offensive linemen they have been after for months. USC commit OL Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) has essentially eliminated the Ducks and now Washington has emerged as the school with the best chance to flip the US Army All-American.
OL J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) -- who is still recovering from a severe automobile accident -- will visit sometime in January and has the Ducks among his top three. Hinnant seems to be the most likely to join the class, as it appears OL Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) is favoring Stanford and seems destined to head there if he is admitted. Oser has a great relationship with the Ducks and had a strong visit to Eugene in the fall, but the Ducks might not be able to hold off the hard-charging Cardinal.
However, missing on the three of them could be a blessing in disguise because there is now there is a fourth Southern California target the Ducks are after. OT Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), a California commit, has received late offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon since Cal fired head coach Jeff Tedford and has already schedule a visit to Eugene. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer visited the ESPN 300 prospect at school in December and the two are working to set up a visit to Columbus in January.
Hunt has scheduled visits to Michigan on Jan. 11, Oregon on Jan. 18 and Cal on Jan. 25. When the dead period comes to an end, Hunt will be in Tampa, Fla., for the Under Armour All-American Game and unable to make any visits. Unless he cancels one of his other visits or makes a mid-week visit to Columbus, the Ducks will be battling Cal and Michigan for one of the elite players on the West Coast.