Most elite football programs work to build their rosters from the inside out. The same can be said in recruiting. Put a fence around your state or region in order to sign all the local talent and build around those players.
Schools such as USC, Texas, Florida State, Miami and nearly every other school in the South all have the ability to fill at least half of their recruiting classes with players from within a few hours of campus. What makes the rise of the Oregon football program so unique is that its home state is in the lower third of all states in producing Division I talent.
The Ducks have never had the benefit of loading up on local players who dreamt of being Ducks. The truth is, they never will. The Ducks have been able to adjust and piece together recruiting classes full of talent from around the country while adding local stars any time they have the chance.
DuckNation will be taking a look at the success, or lack thereof, the Ducks have had when recruiting individual states over the past few years.
This installment will cover Oregon's neighbor to the north, Washington. Oregon isn't the most popular school in the state and have not had a lot of luck in terms of numbers, but the players it has signed since 2006 have made a big impact in Eugene.
California: Brandon Jones
Colorado: Jason Brace
Michigan: Steve Schilling
Oregon: C.E. Kaiser
Oregon State: Joe Halahuni, Alex Linnenkohl
Stanford: Marcus Rance
USC: Taylor Mays
Washington: Jake Locker, Cameron Elisara Cody Habben, Jake Merrill, Ryan Tolar
Washington State: Keith Rosenberg, Micah Hannam, Kevin Kooyman, Chris Bush, Grady Maxwell, Andy Mattingly, Skylar Jessen
Utah: Caleb Schlauderaff
Overview: The Ducks landed just one of 21 players who went on to play for an BCS program. The one they did land, Kaiser, started his final two years in Eugene during the Ducks 2009 Rose Bowl season and the BCS runner-up season of 2010. Out of the 20 other players, the Ducks only offered scholarships to four of them.
Oregon: David Paulson
Oregon State: Anthony Watkins, Jake Gelakoska
Stanford: Kellen Kiilsgaard
Washington: Emeka Iweka, Chris Izbicki, Vonzell McDowell, Quinton Richardson, Nate Williams, Brandon Yakaboki
Washington State: Marshall Lobbestael, JT Levenseller, BJ Guerra, Kevin Freitag, Steven Ayers, Eric Block
Overview: The Ducks landed just one of 17 players who went on to play for an BCS program. The one they did land, Paulson, started his final three years in Eugene and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Out of the 16 other players, the Ducks only offered two.
Cal: Trevor Guyton
Oregon: Nick Cody
Oregon State: Geno Munoz, Colin Kelly
Stanford: David DeCastro
Washington: Kavario Middleton, Demitrius Bronson, Johri Ferguson, Cody Bruns, Alameda Ta'amu, Jermaine Kearse, Everrette Thompson, Drew Schaefer, Justin Glenn, Vince Taylor, Senio Kelemete, Luther Leonard
Overview: For the third straight year, the Ducks landed just one BCS signee. The one they did sign, Nick Cody, is a senior starter at offensive guard. Of the other 22 recruits, the Ducks offered five.
California: Deandre Coleman
Overview: Out of the 13 BCS signees from the state, only Coleman and Trufant were offered scholarships by the Ducks as Oregon began to extend its recruiting range under Chip Kelly.
UCLA: Julious Moore
Overview: The Ducks didn't sign any of the 20 BCS signees from the state. Only Potoae received an Oregon scholarship offer.
Oregon State: Kellen Clute
Stanford: Charlie Hopkins
Overview: The Ducks didn't sign any recruits from the state of Washington in 2011. Seferian-Jenkins, Shelton, Kasen Williams and Hopkins were the four recruits to receive an Oregon offer.
Cal: Cedric Dozier
Notre Dame: KeiVarae Russell
Penn State: Jonathan Warner
USC: Zach Banner
Washington State: Jacob Tuivaiave, Sam Flor, BJ Salmonson
Wisconsin: Walker Williams
Overview: The state produced 20 BCS signees in 2011. In what was a banner year for the state of Washington in terms of elite talent, the Ducks failed to land any of the four targets to whom they extended scholarship offers.