The impending departure of seniors Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso have made linebackers the biggest area of need for the Oregon in the class of 2013. As the countdown to signing day hit the two-month mark this week, the Ducks took their linebacker recruiting in a whole new direction.
The Ducks are still recruiting ESPN 300 members OLB Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood) and OLB Peter Kalambayi (Matthews, NC/Butler), but they also issued two new offers this week while the coaches have been visiting dozens of targets on the recruiting trail.
Former Auburn commit, LB Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) was offered by Ducks wide receivers coach Scott Frost on Wednesday. Frost was in Georgia to see wide receiver/safety target Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) before checking in with Johnson, the No. 96 player in the ESPN 150.
Over the weekend, Ducks defensive backs coach John Neal tapped into his connections in Alabama to find fast-rising OLB Zach Cunningham (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley). Cunningham has seen his recruitment take off after a standout senior season.
They have yet to offer, but junior-college LB Joe Walker (Wilmington, Calif./Harbor College) will be in Eugene this weekend for an official visit.
The Ducks are looking to take three LBs in this class, but could add a fourth if one of them has the potential to move to safety, defensive end or even tight end. As of now, the Ducks have just one LB committed in ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln).
Here are the rest of Oregon’s LB targets: