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Oregon Recruiting: Quick Hitters

8/20/2012

Fall camp is more than halfway complete and opening kickoff is just 10 days away.

While the current roster is competing for starting spots, high school seniors are competing to become the next in line.

Recruiting is still at a relative standstill as coaches are not allowed to call recruits until Sept. 1. Even during the slow periods, there is always something happening in the world of recruiting.

Here are some of the latest rumblings for Oregon.

This past week, Mississippi State wide receiver commit, B.J. Hammond (Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden) told TideNation's Greg Ostendorf that he is still waiting on offers from both Alabama and the Ducks.

Hammond went as far as saying that Oregon is his dream school and he would like to visit Eugene this fall.

Another committed prospect has expressed interest in the Ducks recently. This one is more in Oregon's usual region, Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) is just a few hours north.

The UCLA linebacker commit said recently that Oregon is still pursuing him and that he plans to take an official visit for a Ducks game this fall. Jack said a number of schools are still heavily recruiting him despite his commitment to the Bruins.

"Georgia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Purdue, Mississippi State, Oregon, Arizona State and a few others," Jack said.

He credits Oregon's success and the loyalty the coaches, players and the town have for the program as one of the biggest attractions the Ducks offer.

"The whole town rallies around the school and the team. The coaches have been there forever," Jack said. "It tells you something that despite all of their success and the fact they have had opportunities to leave, they have stayed with Oregon all these years."

Rumors were flying that one of the Ducks' prize commits was wavering on his commitment.

Four-star wide receiver, Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) is exploring the idea of taking some official visits this fall.

Carrington is adamant about the fact that he just wants to go through the experience and make sure he made the right choice.

Despite his interest in taking official visits, he maintains that he is 100% committed to the Ducks.

Fellow Ducks' commit, Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) told DuckNation that he has been in touch with Carrington and the two have built a solid relationship since competing at the same camps this summer.

"Darren is a real cool guy and a great football player. He never said anything to me about being serious about any other schools," Seisay said.

Men's Basketball

Dana Altman's basketball program is in hot pursuit of some of the top players in the country for the class of 2013.

Two of the primary targets are elite Northern California prospects Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and Jabari Bird (Richmond, Calif./Salesian). Both players have Oregon among their top four and play in the same AAU program that current Ducks freshman, Dominic Artis, played for during high school.

The Oakland Soldiers teammates have both said they will visit Oregon officially this fall, with Bird setting his visit for the weekend of Sept. 22.

Bird has named Washington and Colorado as his two leaders at this point, but will wait until the spring to make his commitment, giving the fast-rising Ducks a chance to make up ground during the season.

Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) are being pursued by the Ducks for both football and basketball. The twins also play for the Oakland Soldiers, giving the Ducks the unique ability to recruit from a team that already has one player in Eugene, a couple of their top football targets and a couple of the elite players in the country.

Another Northern California standout, guard Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) will visit the Ducks on the weekend of Sept. 14. Johnson has offers from the likes of Marquette, Gonzaga, San Diego State, USC and Texas A&M.

If the Ducks were able to land either Bird or Gordon and the Robinsons, it would be a major coup for Dana Altman's program. Another current freshman, Arik Armstead played basketball with all of the above players in high school, as he was one of Northern California's premier big men.