- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
With a roster stacked with young talent, scholarships are at a premium for the Ducks as they look to fill out the remainder of their 2013 recruiting class.
With just 10 seniors on the roster last season, the Ducks had a relatively small, 21-person class in 2012. Three freshmen, defensive end Arik Armstead, quarterback Jake Rodrigues and tight end Evan Baylis arrived in the spring and counted towards the 2011 class.
Attrition allowed for more scholarships to be offered as the early departures of Darron Thomas and LaMichael James opened up two more scholarships, as did the medical retirement of Justin Hoffman. Tra Carson and Tacoi Sumler transferred out of the program, adding two more spots.
The Ducks signed three junior-college players in 2012, including offensive lineman Kyle Long. Long is in the midst of appealing the NCAA in order to get a second year of eligibility. If his appeal is denied, his departure after the 2012 season will open up another scholarship.
Where does all of this leave the Ducks going forward? The roster is still loaded with young talent, but there are at least 10 spots up for grabs as the Ducks try to add to their already talented roster.
To date, the Ducks have eight commits in the class of 2013. The target number of signees for the class has fluctuated between 16-21 players.
The Ducks have already loaded up on offense in the class, so the remainder of the class looks as if it will be heavily aimed at defensive targets.
Unless there is transfer or other unforeseen losses, the Ducks are likely not going to sign a qb in this class.
Running Back (Seniors: Kenjon Barner)
With two backs already committed, the Ducks are in search of a third to help add depth after signing just one running back in 2012.
Laray Smith (Brooklyn, NY/Xaverian) and Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) are the two most likely to join the Ducks in 2013. Derrick Green (Richmond, Va/Hermitage) and Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga/Norcross) are two elite backs that have the Ducks in their final groups.
Wide Receivers (Seniors: Rahsaan Vaughn)
The Ducks already have Darren Carrington committed and are looking to add one, maybe two more to the roster in this class.
The Ducks have one sophomore and five freshman at the tight end spot. A recent offer went out to Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). No other offers appear to be in the works. It's likely Duarte or nothing at tight end.
Offensive Line (Seniors: Carson York, Kyle Long, Nick Cody, Ryan Clanton)
Defensive Line (Seniors: Dion Jordan, Isaac Remington)
With limited offers out at this point, it is tough to gauge where the Ducks are at when it comes to the always important defensive line. All indications are that the Ducks would like to add two, maybe three defensive linemen in this class.
Linebacker (Seniors: Kiko Alonso, Michael Clay)
The Ducks will lose their top two linebackers after the season, so replacing them will be key. The Ducks are looking to add two linebackers in the class.
With a young group, the Ducks should have the entire roster of cornerbacks return in 2013. Terrance Mitchell is eligible to leave school should he opt for the NFL after the season. Mitchell is almost assuredly going to remain with the Ducks but a standout season could see him depart.
The Ducks have Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) committed. Seisay could play wide receiver or corner, but it looks as if he is destined for safety. The Ducks have an offer out to USC commit Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga). Beyond Hawkins, the Ducks seem satisfied with where they stand. Priest Willis (Tempe, Az/Marcus De Niza) doesn't have an official offer but he is a prime target for the Ducks going forward.
Safety (Seniors: John Boyett)
The Ducks have Seisay in the fold and are eying Willis, who can play any spot in the defensive backfield. Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) join Willis as the top targets for the Ducks at the safety spot.
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