The Oregon Ducks were holding steady with their offensive line recruiting for a couple of months with three recruits committed. Then three-star offensive tackle Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) decommitted in mid-November. That hasn't stopped him -- or the Oregon coaches -- from keeping a line of communication open.
Before stopping in to see Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) when the contact period for coaches began last week, Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood stopped in to see Redmond at his high school.
"We just watched some film and he told me how he still thinks I can be a big part of their future," Redmond said. "He just wanted to come by and see me and see how my elbow was feeling."
Redmond has spent the past couple of months thinking about his future while rehabbing a dislocated elbow.
"It's real good actually. I basically have full range of motion," said Redmond, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle. "I feel like it's almost back to 100 percent."
His injury has done little to deter other schools from pursuing Redmond. UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has been in touch with the three-star lineman since he opened up his recruitment. Washington and San Diego State both started communicating with him again. Wisconsin -- a traditional offensive line factory -- has also been in touch with Redmond and will likely visit him at home now that they are headed to a third consecutive Rose Bowl.
"UCLA didn't offer but they want me to visit. They are having a good season. They have a great staff, plus it's close to home." Redmond said. "I'm still open to everyone, really. I could wind up back with Oregon or I could wind up with a school that hasn't even offered me yet. I'm not sure about anything right now. I'm just trying to figure everything out."