- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
It's that time again. The Ducks have a bye this week, so it's time to dig through the Oregon recruiting mailbag and see what's on your mind.
Ruben G. (Hillsboro, Ore.):
What is going on with the Ducks' defensive line recruiting? Haven't heard hardly any news about a position that has always been tough for them.
After bringing in Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Stetzon Bair and Alec Balducci last year, the defensive line is one of the positions with the least need in this year's class. Like quarterback and offensive line, though, programs always want to sign defensive linemen and the Ducks are up to their old tricks again this year.
They are shooting for the stars with guys like Montravius Adams of Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County, but they also have a couple of sleepers they are in pursuit of.
Last weekend, they hosted junior-college defensive end, Sione Sina of Elk Grove (Calif.) College of San Mateo. At 6-foot-4, 245-pounds, Sina fits the mold of the typical Oregon defensive lineman. He can play inside and out. It looks like it will come down to a battle between the Ducks and the Beavers for his signature.
Defensive lineman Daniel Etuale from American Samoa has already graduated high school and recently took the SAT. If he gets a passing grade, it appears the Ducks will offer. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Etuale could enroll mid-year and count toward last year's class.
Lance M. (Roseburg, Ore.):
I saw the update on offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley -- Aloha (Ore.). He's still committed to BYU but looking around. Any chance the Ducks get involved with him or has that ship sailed?
Kearsley grew up a huge fan of the Ducks and would love an offer. Back in the spring, Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood made a big push for Kearsley, but his early commitment to the Cougars turned Chip Kelly off. If Kearsley were to decommit, the possibility remains that the Ducks could get involved, but it doesn't seem likely at this point.
Marquis T. (Las Vegas, Nev.):
With [Ducks freshman running back] Byron Marshall looking good early, does the addition of Thomas Tyner from Aloha (Ore.) and Dontre Wilson of DeSoto (Texas) give the Ducks their most talented backfield ever in 2013?
Are they still looking for one more back in this class?
On raw talent and potential, next year's backfield --which also includes De'Anthony Thomas, Colt Lyerla, Marcus Mariota and Bryan Bennett -- will be the Ducks' fastest, most athletic backfield ever. In fact, it will be one of the fastest and most athletic backfields in the history of college football.
If the Ducks are able to land one of their remaining running back targets (Derrick Green -- Richmond (Va.) Hermitage -- Alvin Kamara -- Norcross (Ga.) or Terrell Newby II of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, it would only strengthen that claim.
Out of the bunch, Newby is clearly the most likely to sign, but the Ducks seem to be behind Nebraska, Cal and Washington at this point.
Geno W. (Compton, Calif.):
Do the Ducks really have a shot at Leon McQuay III of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood? Landing him would give the Ducks an amazing class of defensive backs with size and skill.
McQuay is scheduled to visit Eugene for the Colorado game later this month. McQuay is a tough one to read, as he is about more than football. USC, Vanderbilt and Florida all have a leg up, but a visit to Oregon will do nothing but help the Ducks.