Oregon Ducks: Darren Carrington

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San Diego prospects -- WR Darren Carrington, WR Tyree Robinson and ATH Tyrell Robinson -- talk about signing with Oregon.
Devon AllenMiller Safrit/ESPN.comDoes securing a pledge from Devon Allen mean Oregon expects to lose Darren Carrington?
The last DuckNation recruiting mailbag before national signing day has received a record number of submissions. With so much action recently surrounding the Oregon football program, there are a lot of topics to cover.

Warren S. (Henderson, Nev.): With the Ducks landing Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep), do you think that has more to do with their feelings on what [Darren] Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) will do or how they feel about Allen?


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Ohio State’s only Oregon commitment to take an official visit was Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and the Buckeyes are starting to cut their numbers down in terms of possible suitors for the slot receiver/wide receiver position to fill out the 2013 recruiting class.


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Recruiting battles loom for Helfrich, Ducks 

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Mark Helfrich is off to a solid start in his first two weeks as head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Helfrich was able to retain the majority of his staff and to date has been able to gain three new commitments from 2013 recruits.

Under Helfrich, Oregon has added WR Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep), OL Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View), ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) and QB Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill), who flipped from Utah State to Oregon on Wednesday.

The Ducks are likely to take up to five more commits, depending on the decisions of ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon), WR Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother, ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln).

There has been a lot of action over the past few days. New offers have been issued and last minute in-home visits are taking place daily.


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Thomas TynerCourtesy of Tiffany FiekenThomas Tyner is set to sign with Oregon despite late pushes from other schools.


Recruits, their families, coaches and football programs from around the country are holding their breath in hopes the right decision is made on national signing day. The truth is, no one knows what will happen between now and the time the pen hits the paper at high schools nationwide next Wednesday. What we do know is that both publicly and privately, the biggest decisions of recruits' lives are about to be made official.

For the Oregon Ducks, it appears as if their current commits are locked into the decisions they already have made. Now, the Ducks hope that their latest recruiting efforts provide a boost to an already strong class.

Here is where things stand for the Ducks and what their class might look like by the end of the day on Feb. 6.


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With all the focus on Mark Helfrich replacing Chip Kelly as Oregon's new head coach, the rest of the coaching moves haven't received nearly as much as they should have.

Former Nebraska national championship QB Scott Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator after four years as the Ducks' WR coach. Frost is one of the hottest young coaches in college football and his promotion to OC helps the Ducks keep him for at least another year. Adding to the youth movement on the Ducks' staff is his replacement, former Duke WR coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick. Lubick has assumed the same roles in Eugene that he had in Durham.

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Jeremy McKnight/Icon SMIAt Duke, Matt Lubick helped the Blue Devils' passing game to one its best seasons ever.
Not only did Lubick help the Blue Devils WR corps to a record-breaking year in 2012, he also had the Blue Devils in contention for some high-level recruits from around the country. His reach extended as far west as Nevada and California, as he had Duke in play for two OL recruits that had Oregon offers. Duke was the likely destination for recent Oregon commit Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View) until Lubick got to Oregon and made sure that George was offered. He helped the Blue Devils land players from Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas and Texas.

At Duke, Lubick was able to cast a wide recruiting net due to the prestige of Duke's academic prestige. At Oregon, he will be able to cast an even wider net due to the success of the Oregon football program. Lubick has an extensive network of contacts due to being around college football his entire life. His father, Sonny Lubick, is well known in the college football world for orchestrating the great Miami defenses from 1988-1992. After being named head coach at Colorado State in 1993, he went on to become the winningest coach in Rams' history. His network comes from the wide range of positions held by both himself and his father.

Lubick started his coaching career as a graduate assistant upon graduating from Colorado State in 1995. In 1996 he moved on to coach at Cal-State Northridge for one season before being hired at San Jose State. Like his father once did, Lubick was hired by Dennis Erickson on Oregon State's staff as the DB coach and helped guide the Beavers to their best season in program history. He then left for his alma mater and spent four years in Fort Collins as the Rams' WR coach. He then moved on to coach the WR at Ole Miss where he helped the Rebels land their best recruiting classes in history. Before heading to Duke, Lubick grew his reputation while guiding Arizona State to three of their best recruiting classes in history, including being the lead-recruiter for Vontaze Burfict, who became the Sun Devils' highest-rated recruit ever. At Duke he coached a WR corps that set records in 2011 and 2012, including having three players with at least 66 receptions in 2012.

His connections in all corners of the country, his experience and his proven ability to close on some elite recruits will only be bolstered by joining the Oregon program. The Ducks are gaining momentum daily in the college football world and Lubick could help them get to an even higher level in terms of recruiting. The Ducks' signed five WR in the Class of 2012 and currently have two WR commits in Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) and Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep)
With Scott Frost being promoted to offensive coordinator and Matt Lubick being hired as the new wide receivers' coach, there has been plenty of news surrounding Oregon's WR recruiting lately.

Long-time Ducks WR commit Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) is taking official visits elsewhere as he tries to decide on his future, the Ducks didn't waste any time in snatching up one of the top WR recruits in the West. After finally receiving a football scholarship offer from the Ducks, Semper Fidelis All-American WR Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) committed to the Ducks. Allen had offers from Florida State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and many more due to his status as an elite hurdler along with his football talent. Similar to how Florida State handled Allen's recruitment, Allen was initially only given a track and field scholarship offer from Oregon. With Carrington looking around, new Ducks coach Mark Helfrich offered Allen a football scholarship to Oregon. Despite the delay, Allen pulled the trigger on Friday.

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Courtesy Louis AllenDevon Allen gives Oregon a potential home-run hitter at wide receiver.
Allen's commitment was the first under Helfrich and gives the Ducks two commits at wide receiver. If Carrington decides to stick with his commitment, the Ducks will be thrilled to have the two on board as future weapons. The Ducks have a couple of commits in the class that could make the switch to WR if need be. Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) is slotted to play defensive back in Eugene, but like his twin brother Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and ATH Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon), the No. 273 player in the ESPN 300 can move to offense if the depth chart necessitates the move.

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Ducks' weekend rewind 

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Entering the weekend, the Oregon Ducks were steady at 13 commits in their 2013 recruiting class. On Friday, they landed a commitment from one of the top remaining players in the West. And Sunday they landed a commitment at a major position of need from one of the top sleepers in the West.

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Ohio State and Oregon are locked in a battle for a quartet of the Ducks' top commitments. Things have changed daily since Chip Kelly's departure, but it appears that half of the quartet being wooed by Urban Meyer has put an end to the speculation.


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There could be a fourth Duck visiting Mirror Lake for Ohio State if things play out the way they’re headed now for the Buckeyes.


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Chip Kelly's rule of recruits not being able to visit other programs after committing to the Ducks was an issue for certain recruits and their families. That was always the case for Ducks commit Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon), who has expressed interest in taking official visits to other programs in recent months.

With Kelly out of the picture, the four-star wide receiver is doing just that by visiting Arizona, and other programs have also been in touch.

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January is always an unpredictable time in recruiting, with unexpected commits and surprise decommits. For Oregon, Chip Kelly's move to the NFL means the next three weeks could make things extra chaotic. One day after Kelly accepted the Philadelphia Eagles' job, several of Oregon's top recruits said they would be taking visits to other schools.


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When reports surfaced earlier this month that Chip Kelly would be staying at Oregon instead of going to the NFL, Ducks recruits breathed a sigh of relief. All 13 commits confirmed they were still on board with Oregon despite the coaching uncertainty and were looking forward to playing for Kelly.

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Kyle Terada/US PresswireDespite reports he'd stay at Oregon, Chip Kelly is headed to the NFL.
But Wednesday morning's news that Kelly will be taking over as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles could throw things into flux for the nation's No. 21 recruiting class.


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It was quite a week for the Oregon Ducks. They earned a huge Fiesta Bowl win, saw several of their top targets commit elsewhere and -- maybe you heard -- nearly lost their head coach to the NFL for the second year in a row.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comCameron Hunt is still committed to Cal but will be visiting Oregon on Jan. 18.
After a wild week of ups and downs, things are back on track as Chip Kelly decided on Sunday night to return to Eugene in 2013. Despite the distractions, recruiting rolls on despite missing on some key targets. TE Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and WR John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) were the only two the Ducks had a real shot at, so missing on them -- in addition to S Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), WR James Quick (Louisville, Ky/Trinity) and LB Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood)-- threw a wrench in Oregon's recruiting efforts.

So where do the Ducks go from here?

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The two members of Oregon's recruiting class that remained alive in their respective state playoffs came through for their teams again over the weekend. Ducks tight end pledge John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) and running commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) each advanced in state playoff games.

Mundt helped the Raiders advance to the California Division IV State Bowl Game. Central Catholic will represent the CIF Northern California section when they take on Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian. Santa Fe Christian knocked another Oregon pledge, wide receiver Darren Carrington and Horizon Christian Academy,out of the CIF San Diego Section playoffs last month.

Mundt had two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Raiders cruised past Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, 42-12, in the inaugural CIF Northern California Division IV Regional Bowl Game. The Raiders are 13-2 overall after the win. Central Catholic is riding an 11-game winning streak, with their closest margin of victory during the streak being a 19-point victory over Ripon (Calif.) High School in the opening round of the playoffs.

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