Looking back at the Class of 2002
July, 13, 2012
By Brandon P. Oliver | ESPN Insider
G Fiume/Getty ImagesHaloti Ngata lived up to his five-star hype at Oregon and has brought that success to the NFL, where he is a Pro Bowler for the Baltimore Ravens.
Oregon Ducks fans have witnessed one of the greatest rises in college football history over the past two decades. The Ducks have risen from cellar dwellers to one of the hottest names in the sport. The facilities, the uniforms and the Nike connection have all played a big role in the Ducks' rise to the top of the Pac-12.
Along with the success and the increased exposure nationally has come a major boost in recruiting elite athletes to come to Eugene. But it isn't always the high school All-Americans that turn into college stars. Oregon has made a living finding "diamonds in the rough" that have helped build a powerhouse in Eugene.
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