Oregon Ducks: Darren Carrington Jr.

With the 19 players signed last week, Oregon landed some players who might remind their fans of former Ducks.

Pac-12 recruiting notebook

February, 7, 2013
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SAN DIEGO -- The twins Robinson -- Tyree and Tyrell -- and Darren Carrington all went window shopping. But in the end, they trusted their guts and suppressed the knee-jerk, caveat emptor reaction when Chip Kelly left the Oregon Ducks for the NFL.

At a national signing day event at the San Diego Hall of Champions, the trio from San Diego all put ink to their verbal commitments and signed to play with the Ducks, ending weeks of speculation that they would be 11th-hour flips and spurn the Ducks and new head coach Mark Helfrich.

"At first it was about exploring options," said Tyrell Robinson, who attends Lincoln High in San Diego with his brother. "We made a commitment to Chip Kelly. When he left, we felt disappointed because who doesn't want to play for a man like that? Me and my brother took our trips to UW and SC, we turned down Ohio State. We were very close to switching schools. We liked UW a lot on our last visit. But at the end of the day we felt Oregon was still the best choice for us."

"Us" being the operative word. Because the Robinsons were going to be a package deal no matter what.

"That was really important to us," Tyrell said. "We were going to go to the same place so it was a matter of finding the spot that was best for us. We really had to think about it. We wanted to see what else was out there after Chip left. That was our chance to get out there and see what else was available.

"But Coach Helfrich told us we were going to be a big factor in this recruiting class and he felt we could come in right away and make an impact."

Carrington, a wide receiver from Horizon High School, said he liked the elevation of Scott Frost from receivers coach to offensive coordinator.

"I was definitely considering somewhere else," he said. "They talked about throwing the ball more and I think in the end, this was the best fit for me."

Carrington's father, Darren Carrington Sr., was the main speaker at the event that included hundreds of San Diego athletes in various sports. The former NFL safety said he was there to counsel his son, but ultimately let him make his own decision.

"I was there to give him information, but you're raising a man so you have to teach him to make up his own mind," Carrington Sr. said. "Chip was checking things out so we thought it was only fair that we check things out. We took a couple of trips and ultimately this is what he thought was best for him."

MORA THE CLOSER

Center Scott Quessenberry (Carlsbad, La Costa Canyon High), the No. 3-rated center nationally and an ESPN 300 player, said head coach Jim Mora was "very convincing" when he met with him. One of the early knocks on Mora, of course, was that he lacked college experience and might struggle in recruiting. But his first two recruiting classes say otherwise.

"I hope he's proved a lot of people wrong," Quessenberry said. "We've got a heck of a class. He's changed people's minds about recruiting and UCLA football. We're hungry. We're coming and we're going to win a lot of games."

Quessenberry said he prefers the center position, but feels he's versatile enough to play anywhere on the line.

"Anywhere they need me, I'm ready," he said.

CHANGE OF HEART

Cornerback Derek Babiash (Poway, Poway High) said he's at peace with his decision to sign with Arizona after initially giving a commitment to Washington. The 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback who ranks 38th nationally at the position, said he got caught up in all of the excitement of being recruited when he made his initial commitment.

"When I made my first commitment, I went on a spring game visit and I think it was rushed and spur of the moment," Babiash said. "I just got really excited. I went home and thought on it and decided it wasn't going to be the right place for me.

"I think I'll have the opportunity to step in right away and if I work hard I can be one of the five DBs in that (3-3-5 defensive) set."

USED TO WINNING

New Colorado running back Michael Adkins (La Mesa, Helix High) comes from one of the strongest high school football programs in San Diego. He's aware of the difficulties facing Colorado and he's looking forward to attacking it head on.

"I'm from Helix and we have a winning tradition," Adkins said. "I hate losing. I'm looking forward to getting there and helping change some things. The team is young so hopefully we can come in and start making a difference in the Pac-12."

Asked about new coach Mike MacIntyre, Adkins said he loved the enthusiasm.

"He's a fiery guy," Adkins said. "He knows his stuff. And I loved the whole staff. They really felt like a family."

Robinsons' commits set tone for Ducks 

February, 6, 2013
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Tyree Robinson, Tyrell RobinsonBlair Angulo/WeAreSC.comSan Diego twins Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson made things official Wednesday.

The Oregon Ducks were on the verge of losing four of their top commits after Chip Kelly left Oregon with less than a month to go before signing day. Now that the day has come, it's clear that the Ducks' football program is about more than one man.

During a ceremony at their high school this morning, long-time Oregon commits Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother, WR Tyree Robinson, made sure the rumors of their departure were put to rest for good. The brothers never decommitted from Oregon, but many thought the Washington Huskies had convinced them to flip in the final week of the recruiting cycle.


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Darren Carrington Jr. updates status 

February, 4, 2013
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After deciding to open up his recruitment a little bit after Chip Kelly's departure from Oregon, four-star WR Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon) took visits to Arizona and Arizona State while remaining committed to the Ducks.


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Oregon recruiting: weekend rewind 

February, 4, 2013
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The Oregon Ducks have been making a strong push on the recruiting trail in recent weeks, but they have a handful of commits that are still trying to decide where they'll ultimately sign. Aside from trying to keep their current recruits on board, the Ducks are working to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.


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When Chip Kelly left the Oregon program, one of the first moves the staff made was to offer WR Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep). Under Kelly, Allen was facing a greyshirt season if he chose to attend Oregon.


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Ducks WR commit receiving interest 

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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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In case you just awoke from a long winter's nap, you might have heard that the Oregon Ducks had some big news this week. Chip Kelly pump-faked everyone and decided that the NFL was worth it. Ducks DL coach Jerry Azzinaro followed him out the door and joined him in Philly.

The DuckNation Mailbag has never been so packed, so let's see what you've got on your mind.

Bob C. (Bakersfield, Calif.): Now that Chip has taken his ego to Philadelphia, who will take over? Can the Ducks maintain their success on the field? What about recruiting?

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With just three weeks to go until recruits from the class of 2013 are able to sign, things are as fluid as they ever have been with signing day approaching. The Oregon Ducks to this point have a small recruiting class, but their commitments all claim to be firm.

A look at the current Oregon commits, with the odds of them signing with the Ducks on signing day:

RB Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) -- 95%: The No. 54 player in the ESPN 150 is the Ducks' longest-standing commit. He decommitted in November -- for less than 24 hours -- after he informed the Ducks' staff that he wanted to visit UCLA. The U.S. Army All-American has caused Ducks' fans to bite their nails in the past, but he recently affirmed his commitment.

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Four-star WR Ross set to announce 

December, 31, 2012
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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- One of the most active players for the West team on the first day of practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl was impressive all day. So much so that he had three future Oregon Ducks in his ear about his upcoming decision.


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Oregon recruiting: Wide receivers 

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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.

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Jeff Peoples/IntersportGetting 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

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Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters 

December, 4, 2012
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With a week off from practice last week, the Oregon coaches hit the road to visit their commits and top targets as they look to solidify their recruiting class with signing day only two months away.

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Greg Ostendorf/ESPN.comPinson, Ala., linebacker Zach Cunningham was offered by Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal this past week.
The coaches spread far and wide to cover the recruiting trail. While on the road, they offered a scholarship to a fast-rising 2013 LB recruit.

The Ducks seem to have moved on from RB Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), the No. 5 RB in the ESPN 150. They are now focused on Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) and Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) for the final running back spot in their class. Folston -- No.79 in the ESPN 150 -- plays things close to the vest, but it seems like a battle between the only two schools he has officially visited, Oregon and Notre Dame.

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DuckNation recruiting mailbag 

November, 30, 2012
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Mike MitchellTom Hauck for ESPN.comPlano, Texas, linebacker Mike Mitchell is at the top of the Ducks' board as Oregon looks to replenish that position.
With the Ducks looking like a near lock to face Kansas State or Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, they have time to rest and recover as they prepare for what will likely be their fourth consecutive BCS Bowl appearance.

In the meantime, the Ducks' coaches have been hitting the road to visit their current commits and check in on their remaining targets for the Class of 2013. Several 2014 targets have been visited as well and it seems the Ducks have plenty of early attention from some of the elite prospects in that class.

With the holidays fast approaching, the mailman has been busy, but not too busy to deliver your questions to DuckNation.

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Oregon recruits react to Stanford loss 

November, 19, 2012
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It was senior day in Eugene on Saturday when the Ducks hosted the Stanford Cardinal. A day that was supposed to be the statement game in a season full of resounding wins for a team on its way to a second BCS National Championship Game in three years. With ESPN's College GameDay in town, it was a big showcase for Oregon to show the nation it was the favorite to become the first non-SEC team to win the national championship in seven years.

There were a handful of recruits on hand -- including a Stanford commit -- to watch what was supposed to be the moment that helped the Ducks solidify their place among the top programs in the country. The Ducks had momentum on the field and on the recruiting trail going into the weekend. After a tough overtime loss, some Oregon fans may feel like the sky is falling, but that isn't necessarily so.

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Erik McKinney/ESPN.comOregon pledge Tyrell Robinson won't let the Ducks loss to Stanford shake his commitment.
Despite the loss to Stanford, the Ducks are still likely in control of their own destiny for a BCS bowl berth. While the loss put a damper on things for fans, it didn't seem to dampen the spirits of Oregon's recruits. DuckNation caught up with some of the Ducks' commits -- and targets -- to get their thoughts on the game.

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Oregon commits' high school highlights 

November, 18, 2012
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Dontre WilsonMax Olson/ESPN.comDontre Wilson scored five touchdowns in the first half of a playoff victory for DeSoto (Texas).

It was another successful weekend for the members of the Oregon Ducks recruiting class. Heading into the weekend, only offensive line commit Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) had already had his senior season come to an end. This week, one of the Ducks' other in-state recruits met the same fate despite another record-breaking performance. The other eight members of the Ducks' recruiting class are still going strong in high school playoffs.

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