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Ducks biding their time in recruiting

7/26/2012
Tom Hauck for ESPN.com

While USC is busy filling its 2013 recruiting class with virtually any prospect it wants, the Oregon Ducks are sitting by patiently as they begin to focus on a core group of recruits. Some have scholarship offers from the Ducks and some look like they are in line to earn one in the next couple of months.

The good thing about the Trojans’ recent recruiting blitz is that they are close to being finished for the year. There will be a little bit of movement among the USC recruits but for the most part, the Ducks will have a great chance at landing many of the remaining West Coast prospects.

With Eddie Vanderdoes and Max Redfield being the latest Ducks targets to jump on the Trojans' offers, it leaves Washington as the biggest competition for many prospects.

What's the latest?

There hasn't been a whole lot of movement recently after the Ducks added five recruits over a month's period. The staff is focused on locking up some of its top targets for official visits during the upcoming season.

With a light home schedule that features Washington and Stanford as the two biggest games, the Oregon staff will likely try to put together big recruiting weekends for what will be a wild Autzen Stadium crowd.

As of now it seems that Texas defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) and Virginia running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va/Hermitage) both plan on being in Eugene for the rivalry game versus the Huskies during the first week of October. The two four-star prospects and ESPN 300 members are two of the top targets for the Ducks' staff. Both have other schools ahead of Oregon, but an official visit to Eugene has changed many minds over the years.

Jay-nard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie, Fla./West Centennial) is also looking to plan a visit out west, and the weekend of Oct. 6 could be the target date for the Ducks' staff. Bostwick would be a tough get for the Ducks but he maintains an interest and a visit to campus will be a huge factor.

Athlete Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga/Tucker) is also planning on being in Eugene for the Washington game. Williams could play defensive back or wide receiver in college but the Ducks like him at wide receiver at this point.

San Diego athletes Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) are still keeping things open for the most part but have a few schools hanging around near the top. USC is basically full, but the brothers have always liked USC and could find a fit in LA. If not the Trojans, UCLA stands out as well due to its basketball proram. Washington and Missouri are hot on the heels of the twins and both have top hoops programs that could be a big draw for them.

Oregon would be an ideal fit on both the field and the court for the versatile athletes. An official visit from the dual-sport stars would be a big boost, as Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman could help assist in their on-campus recruitment.

Teammates Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman could visit Oregon officially in the fall as Hawkins has said Oregon is in line for an official visit despite his USC commitment along with Alabama, Washington, Notre Dame and USC. Hawkins is likely to stick with USC and Goodman has always held USC and LSU in the highest regard. If Goodman and Hawkins visit Oregon together it would be a big boost in the Ducks chances of landing the duo.

Offensive linemen Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) both have Oregon among their top group and in contention for an official visit this fall. Hinnant is the most likely to visit, but Harlow has Oregon among his top eight and should wind up visiting one way or another.

Linebacker Victor Egu (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) is getting close to narrowing things down to a top five, which he will release in a couple of weeks. Oregon has a great relationship with Egu and De La Salle, so Oregon is almost certain to get a visit from the 6-foot-3, 232-pounder.

Another running back looking hard at the Ducks, Laray Smith (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) is in constant contact with Ducks running back coach Gary Campbell he might not even wait to take a visit to commit if offered. A visit will be necessary for him to be considered a true commit, so look for him to visit early in the season.

A local prospect, linebacker Johnny Ragin (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) has been in touch with the Oregon staff and seems to be gaining steam in recruiting. Oregon hasn’t offered yet, but an impressive senior season and could net him a huge offer from the Ducks.

The Oregon staff will be hard at work when it returns from its summer break in order to try and schedule some more official visits before turning its attention to fall camp. Many of the remaining prospects are beginning to narrow things down and more offers to prospects should be going out after Sept. 1.