Recruiting Update: Saw Gas by the Barrel

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We, The Oregon Faithful, have had this weekend’s clash with the Stanford “treebark” on our minds for many months now. A resounding win will not only restore public opinion in Oregon’s hold on the Pac-12 but also drive nails in solidifying several key recruits.

The official visit list for Nov. 1 reads of super stardom. Among the headliners are defensive end Canton Kaumatule (4-Star/Honolulu, HI/Rivals250), guard Semisi Uluave (3-Star/Honolulu, HI), linebacker Keisean Lucier-South (5-Star/Orange, CA/Rivals100), and perhaps one of the best athletes in the nation, do-it-all offensive weapon Kirk Merritt (4-Star/Destrehan, LA/Rivals250).

The Ducks have slowly built a strong recruiting rapport with Kaumatule, so don’t be surprised to see the big man commit to defensive line coach Ron Aiken following the weekend. At 6-foot-7, 290 lbs., Kaumatule bears the broad, yet athletic body type Oregon needs to plug run gaps.

His teammate, the not-so-small Uluave (6-foot-5, 315 lbs.) is also making the journey across the Pacific.

I’m really excited for this visit this weekend,” said Uluave. “I’m really close with Canton so it will be fun to take this visit together. We are on the same flights and everything, which is nice to have someone with me.”

With depth at offensive line being an issue of note, landing a trench warrior in Uluave would keep Oregon’s offense firing on all cylinders going forward.

Surging into Oregon’s field of vision, Lucier-South has a very real chance to land in Eugene when all is said and done.

I’m very excited to go on this Oregon visit. They are recruiting me really well,” said Lucier-South. “I know their defensive scheme fits me really well too. They have a position that fits me really well.”

A rangy 6-foot-6, 225 lbs., Lucier-South is a consensus blue-chip d-end/backer hybrid who could easily find his way to the stardom of former Oregon great Dion Jordan.

Last but certainly not least, the speedster Merritt will be back in Oregon for the first time since he ran roughshod to the Nike SPARQ championship title at The Opening earlier this year. While he may be a soft lean to the “Manziel-less tractor pullers,” Merritt’s presence on campus is a clear indication that he is giving Oregon a fair shake, and with it, a legitimate chance to land his undeniable offensive prowess.

For up-to-the-minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at Duck Territory, who graciously provide with in-depth analysis and player-generated material. Look for my latest recruiting update every Wednesday. WTD!!!

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