Sunday, February 3, 2013
Ducks host trio on final weekend
By Brandon Oliver
With signing day just three days away, the Oregon Ducks made a final push for a trio of recruits over the weekend. With a need for one more commitment at defensive line, linebacker and running back, the Ducks focused their efforts on three players who have already committed to other programs.
DE Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee): The No. 299 player in the ESPN 300 decommitted from Florida State last week after a visit to Georgia. After getting an offer from Oregon, he decided to use his final visit to check out the Ducks' program. And he also caused a bit of a stir as well with a photo he posted to Twitter. Georgia had a big lead heading into the weekend and will likely wind up with Bellamy's signature on Wednesday. Having the last visit helps the Ducks' efforts, but in the end, it is likely too little, too late.
ATH Johnny Ragin III (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville): After flipping from BYU to Cal less than two weeks ago, the four-star athlete received the offer he has always wanted. The Ducks made an in-home visit with Ragin last week and convinced him to visit on the final weekend before signing day. While he hasn't gone public, it would be an upset if the Bears were able to hang on to the No. 4 player from the Ducks' home state.
RB Kani Benoit (Phoenix/Thunderbird): Benoit, who exploded onto the scene with a monster senior season, has been in contact with the Ducks for months. After committing to Colorado State, then flipping to UNLV less than two weeks ago, the three-star running back made the trip to Eugene, Ore., over the weekend. Benoit essentially gave up on the Ducks six weeks ago and discontinued contact with them after feeling as if an offer would never come. When the Ducks missed on their other targets for the third RB spot in the class, they reached out to Benoit one more time. An offer from the Ducks could be too much for him to ignore.
If the Ducks do offer the 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, it means that they missed on RB Trevorris Johnson (Houston/Alief Taylor). Benoit grew tired of waiting on the Ducks once before, but the Ducks have been up front about where things stand. Should Johnson choose to stick with his commitment to TCU, Benoit will likely become the third and final piece to the Ducks' class at running back.