November 6, 2008

Big weekend gets bigger

The #1 rated safety prospect in the nation will be joining Bryce Brown and Montrell Conner on official visits for the Stanford game this weekend. 5-star prospect Craig Loston from Aldine, Texas has completed travel arrangements and brings the total to three official visitors for this crucial Pac-10 tilt.

With the addition of Loston to the visit list, this weekend has taken on historical proportions from a recruiting perspective for Oregon. The Ducks have brought in five-star athletes on visits in the past, though with Terrelle Pryor's prolonged courtship never producing, had no five-star visitors last year. Two in one weekend relatively early in the recruiting visit season is remarkable.

One note to keep in mind, focusing on the two five-star recruits should not detract from the quality of player in Montrell Conner. Players rated as highly as these three are all destined to become fine BCS caliber players if they continue their hard work. In fact, word from football people in his region say Conner is one of the best athletes they've seen in years.

Like the other two visitors for the Stanford game, Craig Loston has previously committed to another school, in his case he committed to Clemson in April then de-committed upon learning from of the firing of head coach Tommy Bowden. The competition for Loston's services now will be between Oregon, LSU and Texas, with Texas A&M and Oklahoma on the outside looking in. At this time he does not appear interested in his offers from USC, Clemson, Florida or Georgia.

Chip Kelly is the primary recruiter for Aldine, Texas star Loston. Kelly has done a stellar job making inroads into the Lone Star State since taking over as offensive coordinator last year and being assigned the recruiting region. In his first season with the Ducks, Kelly brought in four recruits from talent-rich Texas, WR Blake Cantu, QB Darron Thomas, LS Zach Taylor and RB LaMichael James.

The list for this weekend may not be done, as tough travel arrangements get ironed out with potential visitors. Stay tuned to Duck Sports Authority as we bring you the latest on this landmark recruiting weekend, as well as the season-defining Pac-10 game itself. As it stands, Oregon will have a small number of visitors with a whole lot of stars.

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