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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time for deep breath on Ducks recruiting

By Brandon P. Oliver

Tyree Robinson, Tyrell Robinson
San Diego twins Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson are on an official visit to USC this weekend.

There is a silver lining in most situations -- sometimes you just have to take a step back and look around. For the Oregon Ducks and their fans, it has been hard to find that since head coach Chip Kelly and assistant coach Jerry Azzinaro left for the Philadelphia Eagles.

With the Ducks' top recruits being courted, offered and, in some cases, taking visits elsewhere, it might seems as if the sky is falling. But things could be going well behind the scenes. More than a day after Kelly's departure, the Ducks haven't officially lost any recruits yet.

Twins Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) are en route to Los Angeles for an official visit to USC. As of Thursday night, both four-star players confirmed they are still committed to Oregon.

Since a visit to Oregon last weekend, Wisconsin commit defensive end Alec James (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) has had a lot going on. He was scheduled to take a visit to Michigan State this weekend and that did not happen. Former Badgers head coach and current Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema also has been busy making a push for James. Despite the efforts of the Spartans and the Razorbacks, it appears as if James will sign with the Ducks or stick with the Badgers.

The Ducks are again making Texas a priority, especially at running back. Trevorris Johnson (Houston/Alief Taylor) does have an Oregon offer and is expected to visit before signing day. He remains committed to TCU, but there is mutual interest between the three-star back and the Ducks. What Johnson does could affect what happened with running back Rennie Childs (Houston/Cypress Ridge). Childs has yet to receive an offer from the Ducks but has seen his interest pick up. Oklahoma State, TCU and Oregon are all in play. Childs will be on campus with the Cowboys and the Horned Frogs in the next two weekends and could make a trip to Eugene if an offer is extended.

Four-star linebacker Zach Cunningham (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley) made a visit to Auburn last week and the Tigers have a big edge. Despite having a big lead, the Tigers have to be nervous as Cunningham is in Eugene on his official visit. Leaving The Plains  without committing and sticking with his plans to visit Oregon despite Chip Kelly's departure has some feeling as if the Tigers are not the lock many thought they were. Cunningham is scheduled to visit Vanderbilt next Friday, then head to Tennessee next Sunday, Jan. 27.

Get your popcorn ready because the next three weeks are going to be entertaining.