While Oregon doesn’t appear to have many holes in its game, losing three starting offensive linemen in Kyle Long, Nick Cody and Carson York has created a need at the position. Cameron Hunt (Centennial High School, Corona, California) and Maurice Porter (Marshall High School, Missouri City, Texas) are two offensive linemen to watch as the 2013 recruiting cycle comes to a close.
Cameron Hunt is rated the 15thbest offensive guard in the country by ESPN. Currently committed to play for the Cal Bears next season, Hunt has been vocal about pursuing other options since the Bears’ head coach, Jeff Tedford, was fired at the end of the season. Standing 6’4″ and weighing around 270 pounds, Cameron played in a spread offense in high school and has mentioned it wouldn’t bother him to play in one in college (an idea than many offensive lineman oppose). Though committed to Cal, Hunt has visited Michigan and Ohio State this month and is set to visit the Ducks this upcoming weekend. Hunt was invited to The Opening (an invite-only combine for the top 250 players in the country) in Beaverton this last summer. Also a participant of the Under Armour All-American Bowl, Hunt would be a great pickup for the green and yellow.
Maurice Porter, the 55th best offensive tackle according to ESPN is currently committed to Texas Tech. While the staff is uniquely picky about recruiting prospects committed to other schools, Porter seems to be a serious option. This 6’5″, 285 pound prospect brings size and versatility; two of our coaching staff’s coveted attributes in an offensive lineman. With offers from the likes of West Virginia, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, Porter’s only official visit thus far in the recruiting cycle is set in Eugene on the 25th of January. While recruiting information has been harder to gauge for Porter than for Cameron Hunt, the fact that we are his first, and to anyone’s knowledge, only visit this deep in the recruiting cycle bodes well for the Quack Attack.
Only time will tell if the two end up at Oregon, but the Ducks have been great closers over the past ten years of recruiting. With five to eight open scholarships and three offensive linemen already committed, look for the Ducks to press hard for the players they want.