- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
The Oregon Ducks are working to implement new plays on the field and new players onto the roster. They are also beginning to look at some new targets for their 2013 recruiting class.
The Ducks are holding steady at eight commitments, but a few new offers could be extended in the coming weeks. At least one of those scholarship offers would likely result in another commitment soon after it is issued.
Linebacker Johnny Ragin (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) remains in touch with the Ducks and is still waiting on an offer from the in-state school.
Ragin has played things fairly close to vest and seems to be on the verge of multiple offers. He should see an increase in interest once he releases some film from early in his senior season. Ragin would like to commit by the end of September, so Oregon and any other school that has interest might have some ground to make up if they don't offer before then.
"I'd like to commit early on in the season so I can concentrate on my team and my senior year. I am appreciative of any offers coming my way but I don't want to wait forever," Ragin said. "Oregon has been in steady contact. Coach [Don] Pellum has been talking to me a lot. They liked me in camp and they like my game, but they want to see me in pads and get some more film before they decide to offer."
Ragin has held offers from BYU and Portland State for some time, but recently landed his first Pac-12 offer from Oregon State.
At this point, Ragin would like to make an early commitment but he seems to be waiting on a couple more schools to offer him a scholarship. An Oregon offer would likely change everything for him.
Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif/Rancho Cucamonga) and Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif/Rancho Cucamonga) are the headliners on what could be California's top defense this season. Both are elite talents with Oregon offers. They have some help on their high school team with a pair of linebackers rising up recruiting boards everywhere.
Oregon has turned up the heat on brothers Alani "A.J" Latu and Viliami Latu (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and one or both could be in line for an offer from the Ducks within the next few weeks.
The brothers, who bring a physical element to the Rancho Cucamonga defense, have seen their recruitment take off in recent weeks.
At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, A.J. is the No. 105 outside linebacker in the country and holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State, New Mexico State, Hawaii, Fresno State, New Mexico, San Diego State and Houston.
Viliami plays inside linebacker at 6-foot-2, 224 pounds. He currently holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Houston and San Diego State.
Oregon has been keeping tabs on the duo during their recruitment of Goodman and Hawkins. Offers could potentially be headed their way if they have a solid start to their senior seasons. The Ducks could be angling to make a push for the foursome and will look to schedule a visit for all four on the same weekend this fall.
Hawkins has long been a USC commit, but he has said publicly that he will officially visit Oregon, along with a few other schools, this fall. Along with Hawkins, Goodman is one of Oregon's top targets. Offers to the Latu brothers would only help the Ducks as they have turned most of their recruiting attention to the defensive side of the ball.
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