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Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters

12/17/2012

Monday brought the quiet period, which leads to a dead period that starts tomorrow, during which coaches are not allowed to contact recruits until Jan. 4. Once the dead period ends, expect to see a flurry of activity on the recruiting trail leading up to national signing day. Many recruits will make January visits and many commitments will be made at all-star events across the country.

Speaking of all-star events, ESPN 150 LB's Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood) are expected to announce their decisions at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 4. What that means for the Ducks is that unless they can convince one of them to commit without ever visiting Eugene, they'll be looking elsewhere to fill the final one or two LB spots. The Ducks are set to host two of their other targets when UCLA commit Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and the recently offered Zach Cunningham (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley) visit Oregon on Feb. 2 and Jan. 18, respectively.

ATH Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) was on campus over the weekend and could potentially take one of the remaining spots at LB or TE. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mattingly might be better suited for the offensive side of the ball and should he choose to sign with the Ducks, he would likely get a shot at tight end. After decommitting from Notre Dame recently, Mattingly has visited UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon, with a visit to Washington likely to come in January. The Bruins, Huskies and Ducks will likely make up his finalists, and any of the three would be thrilled to land the versatile athlete.

The Ducks missed out on two defensive line targets on Monday when two mid-year transfers committed to other programs. Junior college DE Sione Sina (Elk Grove, Calif./College of San Mateo) opted for California and DT Daniel Ekuale (Pago Pago, American Samoa/Vocational Technical) gave his pledge to Hawaii. Their decisions leave the Ducks with limited options at the position. However, the Ducks landed their best defensive line class ever in 2012 and are in better shape than ever on the front line.

With the young talent already in the program, the Ducks only need one or two players to help fill the void left when Dion Jordan and Isaac Remington move on after the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. They have only offered two defensive linemen that are still uncommitted, and both of them have to be considered longshots to sign with the Ducks. DT Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) maintains that he would like to visit Oregon. Wanting to visit and signing are two very different things, and pulling the No. 9 overall player in the ESPN 150 -- and the top DT -- from deep in the heart of SEC country is a virtually impossible task.

Adams isn't the only elite defensive line prospect from the South also maintains that he wants to visit Oregon. DT Jay-nard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie, Fla,/West Centennial) has a large number of offers but has kept the Ducks around his top group, which consists of Miami, Alabama and Florida. Like Adams, getting Bostwick on campus is just the first step. A visit would help their chances, but I wouldn't count on either Adams or Bostwick to end up a Duck.

Another potential target the Ducks have been in touch with recently is Wisconsin DE commit Alec James (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield East). The 6-foot-4, 225-pound rush end has been committed to the Badgers since this summer but could open things up after the coaching change in Madison. Oregon and Florida State have been in touch with the top-ranked recruit in the state and the Ducks stopped by the school last week. Keep an eye on James, as a scheduled official visit to Eugene would likely mean an offer is just around the corner.