Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Trio: Safety

The Oregon football team is getting ready to enter conference play with this weekends match-up against Arizona at Autzen Stadium. With the ramping up of the schedule, Duck coaches will also be turning up their recruiting efforts. An early list shows three official visitors scheduled for this weekend.

With the heart of football approaching and more prospective student athletes visiting campuses around the nation, talk about the top recruits is sure to pick up steam as well.

Today we continue our weekly series intended to rank some of the most talked about players on Oregon's recruiting board. During each week of the season we will look at a different position and the "Top Trio" at the position. The main factors for choosing which players we discuss will be need, buzz and interest; but not necessarily in that order.

Any and all opinions of these articles are purely that of Duck Sports Authority and do not reflect the opinions or thoughts of the Oregon coaching staff.

The next position we will discuss is one that took on some added significance in the psyche of Oregon fans over the past two weeks as they learned of John Boyett's season ending knee surgery to both knees; safety. Currently, Oregon does not have any commits listed at the safety position. The Ducks have several talented young players at the safety position. Nonetheless, Boyett was scheduled to graduate after 2012 and the two current starters, Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson, will be seniors in 2013. That leaves a hole that may need to be filled in the 2013 recruiting class.

Though Oregon does not have any commits at the safety position at this time, there are a few who are high on the Duck coaches radar.
1 Leon McQuay III Safety 6'2"/185/4.57Seffner, FL
WHO: Leon McQuay is the number two ranked safety in the nation. Ranked as the number six prospect int eh state of Florida, McQuay is the 18th rated player oveall in the nation. With good size and speed, he is a perfect fit for safety at the next level.

SAY WHAT: "I don't really have any leaders right now. I am going to these schools and trying to see what they are about. If I like it, then when it is time and I am ready I will commit," McQuay told Rivals.com. McQuay has Oregon listed in his top five and is looking to set a visit to Oregon during the season.

WHERE: Currently, McQuay has listed USC, Vanderbilt and Florida State as his top three. McQuay visited USC on September 6th but did not commit. Right now it looks to be a dogfight between his top three, but visits can change things, so keep looking for updates.
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