The Oregon Ducks class of 2016 is rated No. 11 nationally by Rivals, but that could change if the program’s top defensive commit changes his mind.

Four-star cornerback Jared Mayden, ranked the No. 107 player in the country, has been committed to Oregon since The Opening Finals, where he announced on ESPNU that he’d become a Duck over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and others.

But that pledge could be in jeopardy, as the 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback announced he will take a visit to Florida State on January 15 and is considering a trip to LSU, calling it a “50-50” possibility at this point.

ESPN’s Erik McKinney was first to report the news.

According to Mayden, neither the trip nor the relationship with Seminoles coaches is a new development.

“It’s kind of already been set up for (awhile),” he said. “I haven’t talked to a reporter in a long time. Really, I’ve been talked to their coaches for (awhile). They offered me kind of late. I just wanted to get down there.”

Still, Mayden insists he is “pretty solid” with Oregon.

“My relationship with Oregon is pretty good. I just talked to the coaches,” he said. “They were at my house last month, before the dead period.” 

Helping Oregon’s cause is the strong bond Mayden has developed with fellow commits La’Mar Winston, Brady Breeze and Dillon Mitchell, all of whom the four-star talent talks to regularly. 

“We all still talk pretty much every day. I know Dillon (Mitchell) up there. I was talking to him about it,” he said. “We talk every day.”

The Ducks lost Texas product P.J. Locke to the Texas Longhorns on signing day last year. They’d like to avoid a trend of losing Texas talent late in this year’s recruiting cycle. 

Oregon’s class has a chance to be among the top-10 collections of talent in the country. To do that, the Ducks will have to add a few key pieces as signing day nears. Perhaps equally important, they’ll have to hang on to the commits they already have.

 — Andrew Nemec

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