With their 48-24 victory in the "Civil War" on Saturday, the Ducks capped off another regular season that gave fans and the rest of the country plenty of reasons to believe Oregon isn't going anywhere.
The Ducks lost game-breakers LaMichael James and Darron Thomas without losing a step. In fact, they may be even better. With another strong close to a recruiting cycle, the Ducks should be able to stay at the top of college football.
While many fans are still upset about the Stanford loss, it hasn't had any effect on recruits who are considering the Ducks. Two of Oregon's remaining targets were visiting Oregon State over the weekend. What they saw was the Ducks win their third straight game in Corvallis.
For WR John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) it was his second time seeing the Ducks play in person. It was also the second game in which he watched the Ducks dismantle one of his suitors. Junior college DL Sione Sina (Elk Grove, Calif./College of San Mateo) was also in Corvallis and is expected to decide soon between the Ducks and the Beavers. He plans to enroll in January.
The California state playoffs are nearing an end and numerous Oregon commits and targets are still in the hunt for state championships. Twins Tyrell and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) led the Hornets to an upset win over top-seeded Olympian (Chula Vista, Calif.) on Friday night. TE commit John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) helped the Raiders to a 34-13 win in their semifinal matchup.
TE target Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) has been the leader of the Monarchs' resurgence to an elite level. Duarte will lead the Monarchs into the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 final against another resurgent powerhouse, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) at Angel Stadium this weekend.
Other targets still alive in the CIF playoffs are RB Terrell Newby II (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade), who will face 2014 targets LB Dwight Williams, QB Jalen Greene, WR Gregory Webb and ATH Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) this weekend.
OL commit Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) will lead the Crusaders into the Oregon 6A state championship game against Sheldon (Eugene, Ore.) on Saturday in a matchup of the state's two premier programs.
OL recruit Hinnant leaves hospital
Some good news as Oregon OL target J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) is home after nearly three weeks in the hospital. Hinnant suffered a broken hip, broken tail bone and a concussion in a car accident.
Hinnant is in a wheelchair for the next four to six weeks and will begin the rehab process soon after. The four finalists for the three-star offensive lineman -- Cal, Duke, Nebraska and Oregon -- have all been in touch with the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder and all four are continuing to recruit him with the expectation he'll be healthy by next fall.
Duke and Oregon are both expected to be at Hinnant's house this week for in-home visits.
Targeting wide receivers
The Ducks offered three-star WR Paul Harris (Upper Marlboro, MD/Fredrick Douglas) last week. It appears they are looking to make a move on more wide receiver prospects after the departure of Devon Blackmon, who transferred to Washington last week. Harris has been -- and remains -- a solid commit to the Volunteers despite the recent turmoil in Knoxville.
If Tennessee WR coach Darin Hinshaw remains with the program despite Derek Dooley's departure, Harris seems locked into his commitment. If Hinshaw were to leave, Harris would likely open things up and a visit to Oregon could happen.
Basketball team adds more talent
The Ducks were able to get signatures from Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and A.J. Lapray (Salem, Ore./Sprague). Bell, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound defensive stopper chose the Ducks over Auburn, UConn, Texas, Memphis and others. Lapray is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard who can light it up from deep.
They also added an international prospect when Brazilian forward Cristiano Felicio signed with Dana Altman's program. Felicio is an under-the-radar prospect who doesn't have a lot of experience playing in the U.S. What he does have, however, is size and upside.