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Oregon safety recruiting update

7/22/2012
Nick Ruland for ESPN.com

When USC wants a recruit from Southern California, it usually gets that recruit. When Oregon swooped in and flipped long time Trojans commit De'Anthony Thomas on national signing day in 2011, it was the exception and not the rule. After a long relationship with the Trojans staff, safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) made it official last week when he committed to USC.

Redfield had long been a top target of the Oregon staff, but it was just a matter of time until he made the call for the local favorite. The Ducks already have athlete Chris Seisay locked up and it looks like he will wind up at safety, filling one of the safety spots. With Redfield off the board, the Ducks have a few options in place and will be watching others closely as the season wears on.

The Ducks will likely take one more safety unless plans for Seisay go another direction. If two or three out of Tahaan Goodman, Priest Willis, Tyrell Robinson and Antonio Conner want to commit, the Ducks would likely make room because of the versatility of each of them.

Antonio Conner (Batesville, Miss./South Panola): Connor is among the top players in the country but would be a tough pull from the heart of SEC country. It hasn't been much, but he has expressed some interest in the Ducks.

Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln): Robinson is a versatile prospect who could become a big safety in college. Most project him as a linebacker in college but he is the kind of athlete that Oregon could put all over the field and unleash.

Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga): Oregon seems to be sitting back and watching things unfold with Goodman. At this point Goodman has a number of schools ahead of the Ducks, but a recent offer to teammate Chris Hawkins could add some intrigue here. The Ducks have proven to be the one team in recent years that can flip a long time Trojans commit. Don't count on Hawkins leaving the USC class, but never say never in recruiting.

Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcus De Niza): Willis recently list a top 16 that included the Ducks. The Oregon staff has been taking things slow with Willis, but there is definitely mutual interest. Willis and Tahaan Goodman have become close in the offseason and would like to play together at the next level.

Jalen Banks (Harvey, Ill;./Thornton Township): Banks has Oregon among his top group and said he would likely be back in the fall for an official visit after a visit to Eugene this summer. Of the players on this list, Banks is the one that would be considered the closest to committing.

Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi): Crespi has a good pipeline of players heading north to Eugene in recent years, but Foreman doesn't seem to be looking at the Ducks at this time. Things can change in an instant, and Foreman is definitely a backup option for the Ducks at this point.

Brandon Arnold (Encino, Calif./Crespi): Unlike his teammate Foreman, Arnold has a definite interest in the Ducks. So much so that he has gone as far as to say the Ducks are a favorite and an offer would be tough to turn down. A strong start to his senior season at Crespi and Arnold could be looking at an Oregon offer if things fall into place.