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Oregon has gone after some top-rated players, but guess what? There are plenty of other good teams with good stories to tell who are also after the best kids.
I know you, dear Ducks fan, can't imagine why a recruit would possibly choose another school over Oregon, but there are lots of reasons: childhood loyalties to a program, might not like rain, wants to stay close to mommy, likes ugly uniforms, etc.
The Ducks made offers to 5- and 4-star prospects, many of whom have verbally committed to other schools. Defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, linebacker Michael Hutchings, athlete Ricky Seals-Jones and wide receiver Robert Foster were all disappointments.
Safety Max Redfield and the nation's No. 1 prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, are not committed, but the Ducks don't appear to be in the running.
Running back Terrell Newby still has Oregon on his interest list. The Ducks are also still on 5-star safety Leon McQuay III's list, but he is said to be leaning towards Florida State, USC or Vanderbilt.
The point is that once the Ducks offer a 4- or 5-star prospect a scholarship, there is a natural time lag while the recruit considers all his options. I would imagine that if you believe you have a shot at a "can't miss" kid, you are not going to offer all your scholarships to the guys further down your list.
If you still might land Leon McQuay III, for instance, would you be silly to give away a scholarship to a player who might not have McQuay's potential?