Scheduling official football visits during the season is a complicated business. High school schedules, college schedules and airline schedules must all be accommodated to get recruits to campus. For the Oregon Ducks, having a visit the day of a home game is by far the most desirable. So far this year, the Ducks have woven the intricate web of schedules deftly with eight visitors in the first two games.
Against Stanford on Saturday they continue to keep the bar raised high, with another six official visitors on the docket.
Two of this weekend's visitors are also current commits. Marcus Mariota visited Eugene for the coaches' camp in June and gave his verbal commitment the next week. Mariota joins Florida standout Jerrard Randall as committed quarterbacks in this year's class.
Sumler is the other committed player visiting Eugene this weekend. A member of the Rivals250 as one of the nation's premier players, the 4-star recruit gave his pledge in July following an unofficial visit to the Oregon campus.
Joining fellow Sunshine State player in his cross-country journey is Gainesville defensive end Jordan Williams. Williams has the Ducks in his favorite five teams and this trip is certain to make an impact. In addition to Oregon, Williams is most interested in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisville and USF.
The second defensive end the Ducks are tripping for the Stanford game is Jesse Hayes out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The nation's 17th ranked defensive end has expressed significant interest in the Ducks, and includes him in his list of top three schools along with Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Danville, Kentucky linebacker Lamar Dawson is making the trek from the Bluegrass State to the fertile Willamette Valley. Rated as Kentucky's top player and the number three inside linebacker in the country, the Ducks face intense completion for Dawson's services. Two weeks ago Dawson trimmed the list of schools he is considering to Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Michigan, Florida, Oregon and USC.
Avery Walls is last on this list which should assure the reader that it is not rank-ordered. Walls is ninth rated safety in the nation, and is being pursued by all the top BCS-schools looking for a safety. Duck Sports Authority last spoke with Walls at the beginning of the summer, and back then he was quite knowledgeable about Oregon and its academic programs. The McDonough, Georgia standout has dozens of offers, so Duck fans should take heart in the fact the Ducks are getting one of his five visits.
For the second home game in a row, the Oregon Ducks will put just the right number of official visitors in the stands to watch what promises to be a great football game. In past years, the student section has warmly welcomed the visitors, though this season that has not been evident. Regardless, while many Duck fans are well-aware of the young men who have made their way from all corners of the country, the focus of the team will be the Stanford Cardinal.