by Rob Moseley
This morning began a monthlong signing period for junior college transfers, and the recruiting office announced that three players have signed with the Ducks.
The three are cornerback Dominique Harrison, offensive lineman Haniteli Lousi and defensive lineman Tui Talia, all of them from the San Francisco Bay Area. The rest of Oregon's 2014 recruiting class, i.e. the high school players, will be announced when they can sign letters of intent, beginning Feb. 5.
Harrison and Talia bolster positions where the Ducks are expected to lose players to graduation or possibly the NFL draft following the Alamo Bowl against Texas on Dec. 30. Lousi addresses an interior offensive line with question marks entering 2014, as well.
Harrison is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound corner from Contra Costa (Calif.) College. He's rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, 247sports and ESPN.
The Ducks have four juniors on the two-deep at corner, but starters Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell are considering early entry into the NFL draft for next spring. Were both to make the jump, Dior Mathis and Troy Hill would be the most experienced corners on the roster.
Freshmen Chris Seisay and Juwaan Williams have impressed coaches while redshirting this season, and Eric Amoako and Stephen Amoako practiced primarily with the scout team.
Lousi is a 6-5, 295-pound guard for College of San Mateo (Calif.). He's considered a four-star player by 247sports and Scout, and got a three-star rating from Rivals and ESPN.
Starting guards Hamani Stevens and Cameron Hunt are slated to return next season, along with center Hroniss Grasu and tackles Tyler Johnstone and Jake Fisher. The rest of the two-deep is a major question mark, with Mana Greig, Everett Benyard and Karrington Armstrong graduating.
Lousi will be expected to push Stevens and Hunt when he arrives, providing a big, physical presence on a line known more for its athleticism.
Talia is reported to be about 6-4 and 265 pounds, and played at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. ESPN, Rivals and Scout rated him a four-star recruit, and 247sports offered three stars.
Oregon's defensive line loses mainstay Taylor Hart at end, Wade Keliikipi at nose guard and also Ricky Havili-Heimuli, who played inside and outside. It's easy to project a 2014 first-string of nose Alex Balducci and ends DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, but after that things get murky.
Sam Kamp played some significant reps late in the regular season and could fill a spot on the two-deep next fall. T.J. Daniel has been a revelation on the scout team after switching from tight end to defensive end, and also could be in line for playing time next season. From a bird's eye view, they would appear to be Talia's primary competition for playing time next season.