Thursday, December 13, 2012
Oregon recruiting: Wide receivers
By Brandon P. Oliver
With one current commit locked in at the wide receiver position and two athletes that could potentially wind up on the offensive side of the ball, the Oregon Ducks are still in search of another pass catcher in the Class of 2013.
Getting a commitment from ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III would give the Ducks roster versatility.
Depending on who they are able to land between now and signing day could play a big role in where some recruits wind up for the Ducks. If the Ducks are able to land S Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker), it could result in the Ducks moving either Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) or Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) to wide receiver instead of defensive back, where they are currently projected to play.
Who will play at WR
Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego, Calif./Horizon): The 6-foot-2, 185-pound four-star prospect has been committed to the Ducks since June. He played both ways in high school and had a great senior season on defense, but he is set to be a WR for the Ducks. Carrington doesn't have elite speed but he is a very good all-around WR that has enough speed to make plays deep down the field and possesses some of the best hands in the country. He is the only current commit to be locked in at WR.
Who could play WR
Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln): The 6-foot-3, 190-pound two-way star was the biggest playmaker for CIF-San Diego Section Division III champion Lincoln. The Ducks have plans to use him as a big CB or possibly at safety. His size and explosiveness would be a nice addition to the Ducks' WR corps. If depth necessitates a defensive back moving to WR, the No. 273 player in the nation is the most likely recruit to do so.
Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon): The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete has played wide receiver his entire life and just started playing defensive back during his junior season. Seisay has made huge strides at defensive back since becoming a two-way player. His performance on defense at the Ducks' summer camp was what caught the eye of Oregon DB coach John Neal. The three-star athlete received an offer as an athlete, but the Ducks like his potential on defense. Seisay was named his league's defensive player of the year as a senior and likes the idea of playing DB.
Who they want at WR
John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan): Ross has long been a top target of the Ducks and has them among his favorites, along with UCLA and Washington. The four-star might be the most likely of the true WR recruits to become a Duck in February. The four-star is a dynamic athlete that fits the mold of an undersized Oregon playmaker.
James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity): The No. 98 player in the ESPN 150 still has Oregon among his top three and could still set up a visit. By keeping head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville has a sizable lead, with Ohio State being the only true threat at this time. The Ducks know this and seem to be backing off their pursuit of the No. 10 WR.
Who they want that could play WR
After dropping their pursuit of Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), the Ducks are still looking at a few two-way players that could get a look at WR.
ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker): The 6-foot-1, 185-pound ATH played QB, WR, RB and DB for Tucker as a senior, but projects at either DB or WR. Among his finalists -- Oregon, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Florida State -- only the Ducks and the Fighting Irish want him to come in as an athlete and will decide where to put him later on. The Seminoles and Commodores want him strictly as a WR.
ATH Brian Smith (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield East): A newcomer to the Ducks' recruiting board, Smith visited Wisconsin last week but does not have an offer from the Badgers. At 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Smith could play a number of positions and the Ducks were by Brookfield on Wednesday to see him in person. He is the epitome of an under-the-radar recruit, but his film is making the rounds and could bring a number of offers his way in the coming weeks.