- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Much like they did against USC last week, the Oregon Ducks rolled to a big road win at Cal on Saturday night. Just like the Trojans, the Bears have a roster loaded with talented players who were high-priority recruiting targets of the Ducks. While the Trojans and Bears have won many of the recruiting battles, the Ducks have now won eight of the past 10 games against Cal and USC.
The Ducks have won some recruiting battles against both schools in recent years and are looking to do so again. A couple of potential Class of 2014 Oregon targets were in the crowd on Saturday. While the result of one game rarely affects a recruit's decision, the Ducks' recent dominance -- and the specter of a potential coaching change at Cal -- could have them looking more seriously at Oregon as their recruitments progress.
Oregon commit Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) was in the crowd to support his future team. He did however, bring a few of his American Canyon teammates along after their big playoff win on Friday night. 2014 cornerback Malik Beachum (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) -- who visited Oregon unofficially in September -- was one of them. Beachum is being recruited heavily by Cal and Utah.
According to Seisay, Beachum likes the Ducks and hopes to hear more from them in the future.
"That's the second time he's seen them live now, and I think an Oregon offer would be tough to refuse," Seisay said. "Their style of play and the way they make plays and create turnovers makes players want to go there. Cal and Utah are on him pretty hard. The Ducks have been in touch with him, too."
Beachum wasn't the only teammate in attendance who is being recruited by the Bears. He is in the process of putting together his junior film to distribute to coaches, but 2014 running back Jomon Dotson (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) is already hearing from Cal and Utah, among others. Like Beachum, Dotson would like to hear more from the Ducks.
The 6-foot, 175-pound running back leads American Canyon with 1,946 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground as a junior.
"I know he was impressed with their offense all night," Seisay said. "The run game wasn't the same as usual but that's because Cal went all-in to stop it. You can't do that against the Ducks because Mariota might be the best quarterback in the country already."
By nabbing Seisay early in the Class of 2013, the Ducks seem to have found a new Northern California school to build a pipeline with. American Canyon is in just their second varsity season, but the number of BCS-level players they have, make it a school to keep an eye on as things move ahead.
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