DuckNation Friday mailbag


It's Friday and that means it is once again time to open up the mailbag and answer your questions regarding Oregon recruiting.

Nick T. (Los Angeles, Calif.)

I saw your article on [Zayd Issah] the linebacker that de-committed from Penn State. Do you think he's serious about looking at Oregon as a possible destination? Going from being committed to the local school to a school all the way across the country seems like it could be a problem. It would be nice to get another good sized linebacker like that!

Ordinarily I'd agree and it is still a big move to make, but Issah was born in Portland and still has family in Portland and Eugene. He seems genuine in his interest and said he will definitely use an official visit on the Ducks. Oregon is definitely in the running and having local ties will only help.

Sterling G. (DeSoto, Texas)

With Dontre Wilson already on board, do you think the Ducks have a shot at Derrick Green (Richmond, VA/Hermitage) or Alvin Kamara (Norcross, GA/Norcross)?

The Ducks also have the country's No. 11 running back, Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) committed and he has looked deserving of the hype early in his senior season.

With those two looking as if they'll sign with the Ducks, I don't think a third top running back prospect will sign with the Ducks. Especially Green or Kamara, who both hail from the South and have offers from the best of the best.

Lee P. (Toronto, Canada)

Is Oregon the most exciting team in the country? They have so many young guys with a lot of speed and talent. Do you think they can get even better results on the recruiting trail or have they reached their peak?

It's tough to say, but it's hard to doubt the Ducks going forward. If Chip Kelly stays and they are able to get to a few more BCS games and maybe win a national title, the Ducks should be able to at least maintain their recent success on the recruiting trail.

Oregon is at a serious disadvantage when it comes to recruiting as they are in an area that produces very few elite prospects. While they have become a popular program and are now a national brand, they just don't have the local talent base to land a top class every year.

That being said, the Ducks are the most exciting team in the country. Recruits see the style the Ducks play with on both sides of the ball and love the speed the Ducks have all over the field.

They have the attention of nearly every kid, but that's a lot different that a kid signing on the dotted line.

Marcus M (Chula Vista, Calif.)

Do you think the Ducks are the leaders for Tyrell and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)? They would be a huge get for Nick Aliotti and the Oregon defense. They seem tough to read and basketball plays a big role for them. Thoughts?

The Robinsons have yet to take an official visit so it's tough to say one way or the other. It would take some shifting of scholarships for USC to sign the twins. It seems likely that it comes down to a battle between Oregon and Washington.

The Ducks and Huskies are also locked in a battle for five-star basketball prospect, Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty). Despite being heavily pursued by the likes of Kentucky and Kansas, most believe that Washington is the favorite for the nation's No. 5 overall player, with Oregon sitting in the number two spot.

If Gordon commits before football signing day, it could be a big boost for either school, as he is AAU teammates with the Robinson brothers.