Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters
By Brandon P. Oliver
After landing two of their top targets last week, the Oregon Ducks hit the road for their first road game of the year.
They return home this week to face their heated rival, the Washington Huskies. Not only will the Ducks be looking to improve to 6-0 on the year, they are also looking to run their streak to a series-record nine straight wins against the Huskies.
Tucker, Ga., athlete Juwaan Williams will be one of several prospects officially visiting Oregon this upcoming weekend.
Any time the Ducks face the Huskies it's a big deal, but this season it could also turn into the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Oregon.
The Ducks are scheduled to host verbal commitment Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) for his official visit as they look to solidify his commitment.
Also expected on campus is three-star athlete Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker). The versatile playmaker holds offers from schools such as Florida State, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Clemson, but he has always held the Ducks in high regard. This weekend is their chance to show him everything they have to offer. Williams could play wide receiver or defensive back, and a commitment from him would further the pattern of the Ducks going after athletes and finding where they fit once they reach campus.
One recruit in particular will have the Ducks' full attention as they try to prove themselves to be way ahead of Washington, both on the field and off.
Wide receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) has strong ties to Washington, as a number of his former teammates are on the Huskies' roster. One of his teammates, 2014 wide receiver Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) has already given a verbal commitment to the Huskies.
Ross has been to Seattle on official and unofficial visits, but he has held off on committing because he wanted to see the Ducks' program up close. This weekend will likely push Ross to a commitment one way or the other.
With a couple of spots still available at linebacker, the Ducks have turned up the heat on one of the nation's best available. Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) seems to be reciprocating the interest and might be close to scheduling a visit to Eugene.
The No. 11 player in the ESPN 150, defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, GA/Dooly County) continues to insist he will visit Oregon officially this fall. It seems to be a long shot, but his interest in checking out the Ducks has yet to fade.
There had been rumors that USC commit Torrodney Prevot (Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor) would make an official visit to Eugene this weekend, but that will not happen. Like every other committed prospect, the Ducks will not pay for him to visit while he is still committed elsewhere.