Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Oregon recruiting: Quick-hitters
By Brandon P. Oliver
The Ducks keep hearing their name pop up on the lists of many of the nation's top prospects in the Class of 2014, making the top-fives of a couple of recruits over the past week.
They have yet to receive any commitments but are still in the process of issuing their first batch of offers. Here are a few tidbits from the past week as Oregon prepares for spring football. The Ducks will also be looking to set up some unofficial visits over the next few months
Watch List athlete Michiah Quick has Oregon in his top five and would be a perfect fit in the Ducks' fast-paced attack.
• ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) named a top five this week and it includes five of the nation's best programs. USC just received a commitment from Quick's Central teammate, DT Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central), and they are heavily pursuing the talented Quick. The Trojans made his top five, along with rival Notre Dame. The Ducks were also on the list, as his skill set would be a perfect fit for the Ducks' fast-paced style on either side of the ball. Alabama and Oklahoma round out the top five for one of the nation's premier athletes. The ESPN Watch List member has a long list of offers that will only grow as time goes on.
• One of the premier linebackers in the west feels like an offer from Oregon -- a long time favorite -- will be coming his way before too long. LB Jordan Hoiem (Wailuku, Hawaii/Baldwin) has offers from the majority of the Pac-12, including the Ducks. UCLA has continued to make a push for Hawaiian prospects of which Hoiem is one. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound all-state athlete said UCLA and Oregon are the two programs after him the hardest right now. They might also be his favorites at his point, but he has never been shy about talking up Oregon as his dream school. The Ducks envision Hoiem in the mold of Kenny Rowe or Dion Jordan as a pass-rushing terror off the edge.
• Another LB target who has the Ducks high on his list but may not be as likely to jump on an Oregon offer as Hoiem is ESPN Watch ist LB Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood). He has an impressive offer list that spans the entire country with offers from nearly the entire SEC, the best of the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 to his credit. Pulling Daub away from the power programs in the South would be a monumental accomplishment and should not be expected. That said, Daub has expressed sincere interest in the west coast's hottest program and could visit Eugene before he commits anywhere.
• Once his SAT scores come back, Ducks' QB target Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) should see a host of offers headed his way. Like Hoiem, Wilkins has done enough in person and on film for the Ducks to make it clear that attending their summer camp may not be necessary to earn an offer. Like Hoiem, he may not have to wait until the summer to receive the one he has long called his "dream" offer.
• The Ducks are targeting a number of west coast prospects who could wind up on their commitment list long before their senior seasons. Hoiem and Wilkins, along with offensive linemen Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) and Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge) are both very high on the Ducks after Oregon gave them their first major offers.