January 12, 2008

Weekend visitors: A couple surprises

Like all schools, the Oregon Ducks are in the thick of the stretch run leading towards Letter-of-Intent Day. The weekend of January 11 will be a pivotal weekend for this year's recruiting class as the Ducks are bringing in a fair-sized group to Eugene for their official visits. Two last minute additions were added to the list, while another was dropped.

Visit lists fluctuate every day leading up to the weekend, and this was the case for the Ducks this weekend. Some recruits had their arrangements finalized and were added at the last minute, and one decided not to make the trip. Three UCLA soft commits, Aaron Hester, defensive end Datone Jones and wide receiver Nelson Rosario were originally scheduled to visit as a group, but Aaron Hester scratched and so Jones and Rosario are representing.

Two surprise visitors were added to the visit list at the last moment. California commit Mychal Kendricks is in Eugene checking out the Ducks. Kendricks had a great performance at the NorCal NIKE camp and has been on some very good team's radar ever since. Though considered a solid verbal commit to California, Kendricks' visit to Eugene could change that.

The other surprise visitor is LA Harbor CC wide receiver Deryn Bowser, a 6-3, 215 pound target with 4.5 speed. Bowser has a number of offers including Oregon State and Kansas State, so will certainly be playing for a D1 team next year.

A number of current Oregon verbal commits are also in Eugene now. Linebacker Kiko Alonso, wide receiver Garrett Embry and defensive back Scott Grady, all of whom have visited Eugene unofficially and committed, will be making their official visits at this time.

Junior college all-purpose running back LaMichael James and Vacaville linebacker Josh Kaddu round out the group of players the Ducks have visiting that were previously reported on Duck Sports Authority. James is a four-star power runner with good speed and vision, while Kaddu has seen his recruiting stock soar in the past couple months, going from sleeper to hot commodity.

The weather for Eugene is forecast to have a little rain Saturday, tapering off over the weekend with moderate temperatures, so the recruits will not be facing severe winter weather on their trips. In addition to the usual activities associated with official visits, the recruits will be attending the Oregon basketball game as the Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at McArthur Court on Sunday.

Stay tuned to Duck Sports Authority as will be conducting post-trip interviews of all the visitors over the next week.

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