- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
After a bye week and a Thursday night road game, the Oregon Ducks return to Autzen Stadium this weekend to take on Colorado on Saturday. The struggling Buffaloes aren't the only ones coming, either. One of the top players in the country will be in Eugene for an official visit.
A limited number of spots remain in the Ducks' recruiting class, but there are some big names who could cause the Ducks to finish with a flurry. The Ducks aren't in the lead for any of the big names they are involved with, but visits to Eugene have changed more than a few minds over the years.
• Four-star safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) will make the long trek to Eugene this weekend. The Ducks are a longshot for the No. 40 player in the ESPN 150, but he has built a good rapport with the Ducks' staff and likes the defensive style of the Ducks.
McQuay, who has a passion for music, will have to be impressed with the academic side as well. He has visited Florida, Florida State and USC unofficially and spent last weekend in Nashville on an official visit to Vanderbilt, his first. He has official visits scheduled to Michigan (Nov. 2) and Florida State (Nov. 22).
• Another Florida prospect has emerged as a target for the Ducks. Unlike McQuay, Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) is a relatively new name on the Ducks' recruiting board. The 5-foot-9 , 190-pound running back has visited Florida State, Tennessee, Miami and South Florida unofficially -- and officially visited Notre Dame last weekend. No official visit has been scheduled with Folston yet.
• With the emergence of Folston and Kani Benoit (Phoenix/Thunderbird) it appears that the Ducks have moved on from Laray Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian) and have yet to extend an official offer to Terrell Newby II (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade).
Benoit does not have an offer, but the Ducks have begun to track him and an offer could come if the Ducks are unable to sway their top targets: Folston, Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). Kamara appears to be focused on the SEC and while the Ducks are a long shot for Green, he will officially visit Eugene on the Nov. 16 weekend.
• Newby might not have an official offer, but he remains firm in having the Ducks among his four finalists. He has visited Nebraska officially and unofficially and plans to visit both Cal and Washington later this fall. On Friday night, Newby had the kind of night that makes him an ideal fit for the Oregon offense. Newby ran for 360 yards and eight touchdowns -- despite leaving the game two plays into the third quarter.
• Under Armour All-American Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has been committed to Michigan since March, but that hasn't stopped other programs from pursuing the No. 61 player in the ESPN 150. Rival Ohio State offered the four-star cornerback last week and he continues to quietly look around. Michigan won't allow a commit to take visits, but Conley has expressed interest in visiting Oregon -- the school he has repeatedly called his favorite -- later this fall. The Ducks have yet to offer, but did visit Conley last week.
If the Ducks decide to offer, expect to see the four-star to open up his commitment and schedule a visit to Oregon and possibly Ohio State. The Ducks like Conley as an athlete and it appears they might prefer him on the offensive side of the ball.
After a bye week and a Thursday night road game, the Oregon Ducks return to Autzen Stadium this weekend to take on Colorado on Saturday. The struggling Buffaloes aren't the only ones coming, either.