Oregon recruiting by state: Washington
October, 17, 2012
By Brandon P. Oliver | ESPN.com
Jim Z. Rider/US PresswireWashington native David Paulson was a formidable weapon at tight end for the Ducks and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.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.
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