Now that the Oregon Ducks took the air out of the USC Trojans -- or maybe it was someone else -- for the fourth time in six seasons, they are set up for a fantastic finish to the 2012 season. On the recruiting side of things, the Ducks are staring at a furious finish in the 2013 recruiting cycle, one that could rival any they have ever seen.
Rumors are flying, decommitments are happening and wavering recruits are popping up all over the place. With the Ducks looking to defeat Cal for a fourth straight year on Saturday night, things are about to hit a boiling point on the field and on the recruiting trail.
With the election over, it appears the people have decided to have their voice be heard once again. The DuckNation mailbag is overflowing with submissions. There are almost as many questions this week as Kenjon Barner's yardage last week.
We've got some of the best ones right here ...
Mitchell S. (Pacific Palisades, Calif.): He loved Notre Dame and was thinking about decommitting from USC before the Ducks throttled the Trojans again. Do you think the Ducks beatdown had any affect on Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) opening up his recruitment? Where do you see him ending up?
DuckNation: Redfield -- No. 36 in the ESPN 150 -- had a great visit to Notre Dame last month, and you're right, he was already on his way to decommitting before last Saturday. The Trojans' third loss of the year -- their fourth in six years vs. Oregon -- may or may not have had a major impact on the nation's No. 4 athlete. What it did do was give him the opportunity to make his decommitment official.
The Ducks did land highly-ranked defensive end Nick Reed out of Mission Viejo in 2005, but he was lost in the shuffle among more than a dozen BCS recruits on that Mission Viejo team. Elite recruits from Mission Viejo almost always land at Southern Cal. It's hard to imagine Redfield end up anywhere aside from USC or Notre Dame. All along, Redfield has maintained that he wants to visit Oregon and now says he will do so after his season. The 6-foot-2, 181-pound athlete is the ideal player for the Ducks' system and a great visit to Eugene could make the Ducks a major player.
Andre J. (Los Angeles, Calif.): What's up with Nico Falah (Bellfower, Calif./St. John Bosco)? He wanted to visit the Ducks in September, but due to his commitment to USC, the Ducks told him they wouldn't have him on an official visit. Now he says the Ducks want him to come on an official and will visit. What happened here and what do you think happens?
DN: The Ducks don't like to recruit committed players, especially when they are long-time commits from a school they grew up on. Falah has always seemed destined for USC, but has also always wanted to visit Oregon. Now that the Trojans' empire is once again showing signs of weakness -- and now that the Ducks beat the Trojans yet again -- the No. 224 player in the ESPN 300, and possibly others, are beginning to show signs of wavering.
With the injuries suffered in an unfortunate car accident, Oregon offensive line target J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) might be out of luck. Hinnant has been scheduled to visit Eugene on Nov. 16th for some time, but now it is unclear if his injuries will even allow him to recover enough to be considered for a scholarship in 2013. It appears Falah will be in town for an official visit when the Ducks host Stanford next week.
Toby T. (Eugene, Ore.): With Victor Egu (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) committing to Cal [on Wednesday], where do things stand for the Ducks at linebacker? It seems like their biggest position of need this year and could have really used him.
DN: Egu choosing Cal is a big blow to the Ducks as they had high hopes of landing both Egu and his teammate, Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) earlier in the cycle. With the two four-stars committed elsewhere, the Ducks will now turn their attention to a pair of the top linebackers in the country.
No. 121 overall in the ESPN 150 (No. 10 OLB), Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood) has Ohio State on top with Oklahoma and Texas A&M right behind them. The wild card in his recruitment is the Ducks, who round out his top four schools. By his own admission, the Ducks trail the others, due in large part to his lack of knowledge about the Oregon program. He'll get to know everything about them as the Ducks will turn up the pressure on him and host him on an official visit in the next couple of months.
The No. 278 player in the ESPN 300 -- Peter Kalambayi (Butler, NC/Butler) -- is committed to another Pac-12 school, but the No. 17 OLB in the country will have to await word on his admission to Stanford. Even if he is accepted into the prestigious university, Kalambayi insists Oregon is a serious player for his services. The four-star linebacker recently said Oregon is the only other school he is considering and plans to visit soon. Should he fail to be accepted to Stanford, Oregon could have one of the top linebackers in the country fall into its lap.
Four-star linebacker, Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead), is another committed player who has done enough to convince the Ducks he is serious enough about their program. He, too, will be on an official visit next week when Stanford comes to town.