Oregon Football: Latest Summer News and Recruiting Updates
Oregon didn't quite fulfill its goal of a national championship last season, but a 12-2 record and BCS bowl victory is not a bad finish to a year. Now, the Ducks return 12 starters, including seven on the defensive side of the ball. This is a team that has a goal of reaching another BCS bowl for the fourth season in a row.
Duck fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the new season that is quickly approaching.
But with the new season almost underway, there are still things going on with the team, particularly with the recruiting process. Here are some of the latest updates for your 2012 Oregon Ducks.
Michael Hutchings Nearing a Decision
While other top recruits are still visiting schools and taking in the whole process, linebacker Michael Hutchings has already visited the schools he is interested in and has even set a date when he will announce his commitment.
The four schools that still have a shot are USC, Cal, Oregon and Washington. He will make his announcement on July 1.
"'I just visited Washington recently and loved it there. Those coaches are really good and I love their energy. Plus I've known Tosh Lupoi forever since he recruited me at Cal. Oregon is another school I have always liked and I'm close with their staff as well. They have an elite program and are going to be good for a long time,' Hutchings said." (Via Scout.com)
The 4-star recruit is considered one of the top outside linebackers in the 2013 class and can do a little bit of everything well. He is known for his great coverage ability and the hard hits he delivers to opposing ball-carriers. We will find out soon which Pac-12 school will benefit from his talents.
Oregon Lands Darren Carrington
Oregon has started the 2013 recruiting process out very slow, picking up only six early commitments so far. But one of the top commitments comes from wide receiver Darren Carrington.
He is a tall wideout at 6'3", is very long and has great speed and elusiveness. He is about as sure-handed a receiver as you will find, and also has the ability to play the defensive side of the ball.
The 4-star recruit had offers from other schools such as Vanderbilt, Cal, Boise State and Arizona. But Carrington said he knew Oregon was the right school for him when he visited Eugene.
"'I just couldn't see it getting any better,' he said. 'The academics, the facilities were unreal, the coaches were amazing. Oregon offered everything and I almost left, but I decided not to wait. I'm a Duck and I'm happy to be a Duck.'" (Via CBS Sports)
Out of the six early commitments, Carrington is the fifth offensive player.
Tahaan Goodman Needs to See Oregon
Tahaan Goodman is a 4-star safety prospect out of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. He is an athletic player, with great size at 6'2" and has a nose for the football. He is great in coverage, has no problem helping in run support and has great instincts on the football field. He has tons of offers on the table, but would like to check out the Oregon Ducks.
“I have a lot of interest in Oregon, but I just haven’t seen the school yet. I want to check it out and then I’ll have more about it.” Goodman said (via Scout.com).
Goodman also said that he likes the fact that Oregon is a fast-paced team and he plans on taking a trip out there soon. He is also considering other schools such as LSU, Florida, Oklahoma and USC, among others.
Is Nico Falah out of the Picture?
Nico Falah is a 4-star prospect out of Bellflower, CA and recently trimmed his list of offers down to just California, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and USC. Now it appears that three of those teams may no longer be in the running and it may be between the Trojans and Bruins.
"It looks like I'm down to USC and UCLA, but really the only reason that is, is because I'm always able to visit them," said Falah. (Via Scout.com)
However, before Duck fans give up on the offensive lineman, it is important to note that he is still planning on visiting Eugene real soon.
"I'll be visiting Cal this weekend and I'm visiting Oregon within the next couple of weeks, so I'll get a different view from the schools," said Falah.
Falah is a massive tackle at 6'4", 275 pounds, extremely physical and is the type of player that could step on the field and contribute right away. He is expected to make a decision either in July or he will wait for the U.S. Army Bowl in January.