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Oregon recruiting by state: Washington

10/17/2012
Washington native David Paulson was a formidable weapon at tight end for the Ducks and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jim Z. Rider/US Presswire

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.

WASHINGTON

2006

BCS Signees

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.

2007

BCS Signees

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.

2008

BCS Signees

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

Washington State: Dan Spitz, Mike Ledgerwood, Andrei Lintz, Skylar Stormo, Cory Mackay, Jared Karstetter

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.

2009

BCS Signees

California: Deandre Coleman

Oregon State: Kyrell Hudson, Grant Enger Stanford: Geoff Meinken

Washington State: Chris Mastin, Geno Simone, Jamal Atofau, Travis Long, Nolan Washington, Andre Barrington, Casey Locker

Washington: Desmond Trufant, Andru Pulu

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.

2010

BCS Signees

Oregon State: Happy Iona, Scott Crichton, Connor Hamlett

UCLA: Julious Moore

Washington: Zach Fogerson, Sione Potoae, Jamaal Kearse, Cooper Pelluer, Colin Porter, Ben Riva, Michael Hartvigson, Chris Young, Darius Waters

Washington State: Aaron Dunn, Connor Halliday, Jake Rodgers, Lucas Sealby, Blair Bomber, John Fullington

Overview: The Ducks didn't sign any of the 20 BCS signees from the state. Only Potoae received an Oregon scholarship offer.

2011

BCS Signees

Oregon State: Kellen Clute

Stanford: Charlie Hopkins

Washington: Kasen Williams, Danny Shelton, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Taniela Tupou, Bishop Sankey, Jamaal Jones, Jarett Finau, Connor Cree, Dexter Charles

Washington State: Tana Pritchard, Max Hersey

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.

2012

BCS Signees

Cal: Cedric Dozier

Notre Dame: KeiVarae Russell

Oregon State: Josh Mitchell, Dustin Stanton, Caleb Smith, Tyler Hasty, Caleb Saulo

Penn State: Jonathan Warner

Stanford: Joshua Garnett, Michael Rector

USC: Zach Banner

Washington: Jake Eldrenkamp, Nathan Dean, Korey Durkee, Cory English, Jeff Lindquist

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.