When former Oregon OL commit Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) decommitted from the Ducks last month, it made the offensive line an even bigger priority in the Class of 2013. Redmond committed to UCLA last week, leaving the Ducks with two open spots on the line.
One of Oregon's top targets, OL Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) became an even higher priority with Redmond's pledge. Oser is down to three schools, with the Ducks possibly holding a slight advantage in the battle for his signature.
"I really like everything about Oregon's program and their style of play," Oser said. "Their offense is really fun to watch, and I think it would be fun to play in. They have a good thing going, and it would be an honor to play for them."
Official visits to Stanford and Vanderbilt await and could spell trouble for the Ducks. Vanderbilt has the education, the SEC and, more importantly, Oser's high school teammate, ESPN 300 QB Chad Kanoff (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) to use as leverage. Stanford has the education, the recent history of offensive line success and a Pac-12 championship to lean on. Washington State is making a late push in an effort to try to get Oser on campus.
His official visit to Oregon in September is his only one to date. The Ducks did a great job of laying out their plans on his visit and offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has done a great job since then.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Greatwood," Oser said. "He is a great coach and a real genuine person that has been good to me throughout the process. We've been talking on a regular basis for a few months. I really like everything he has put on the table."
The three-star has no set timeline for a decision but knows he will wait to make the call until after he visits Stanford and Vanderbilt. Until he has the chance to see his other finalists, the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder is taking it slow and doing his due diligence.
"It can be a hectic experience," Oser said of the recruiting process. "I just want to make the right decision for my future and by reciprocating the interest in the schools that are recruiting me, I feel like that is the best way to get a good look at all my options."