Oregon Recruiting Update: Marcus Lattimore Eliminates the Ducks

Caleb M.Analyst IJanuary 18, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly watches his team during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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While the Ducks cracked the Top 25 nationally for recruiting on Rivals this week, Oregon takes a big blow.

Marcus Lattimore, one of the top running back recruits in the nation, just crossed off Oregon and Penn State from his list, leaving South Carolina and Auburn to choose from.

Sad day. However, rather than pout, I'm actually rather okay about this. 

LaMichael James is a stud. Unless he gets injured or follows in the footsteps of Blount, he should remain as such. The Ducks practically have a guarantee from Lache Seastrunk (the best running back recruit available), and have 17 commits thus far—one of which came from running back Dontae Williams.

It's also reported that a couple (two to three, depending on where you look) of USC commits were contacted by Chip Kelly and visited the Oregon campus. It looks like the Ducks might just steal a few recruits.

Seniors can officially commit starting February 3rd, and the signing period runs through April 1st. 

So far, the five biggest commits for the Ducks (from my point of view) include:

  1. Curtis White, TE/ DE, Eugene, Oregon
  2. Dior Mathis, CB, Detroit, Michigan
  3. Bryan Bennett, QB, Encino, California
  4. Dontae Williams, RB, Houston, Texas
  5. Chris McCain, TE/ LB, Greensboro, North Carolina