- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
The Ducks have never had the benefit of loading up on local players who grew up dreaming of playing for the them. The talent level just isn't there. The truth is, it likely never will be. The Ducks have always recruited California as well as they can be expected to. In recent years, the Ducks have done a great job of going into states such as Texas to secure commitments from some top players.
The Oregon football program is basically the exact opposite of the Texas Longhorns' program. Texas has tradition, Heisman Trophies, national championships and dozens of recruits who come knocking at their door, begging to play for one of the most iconic college football programs in history. Oregon has no national championships, no Heisman Trophies and less than a handful of in-state recruits to choose from each year.
The Ducks are relative newcomers on the college football scene and their presence in the richest football state in the country has become the subject of some intense debate. The Ducks, led by running back coach -- and Texas native -- Gary Campbell, have not only gained traction in the Lone-Star State, but taken signed some of the state's top players in recent years.
To continue the series of Oregon's recruiting by state, DuckNation examines the success -- or lack there of -- that the Ducks have experienced when recruiting the state of Texas over the past decade. The state has been a blessing and a curse for the Ducks.The Ducks landed record-breaking running back LaMichael James in 2008, but he has been one of the few success stories they have enjoyed despite signing over a dozen recruits from the state in the past decade.
Below is a list by year of the offers that were extended to Texas recruits by the Oregon coaching staff.
2004 (1 offer extended)
Micah Howeth (Dallas) -- Howeth originally signed with Kansas State over Oregon and Alabama. After heading to a junior college, Howeth signed with the Ducks. He left the program after one redshirt season.
2005 (No offers)
2006 (2 offers extended)
Antwaun Harris (Garland) -- Harris signed with BYU and spent one year in Provo before heading to a JC. He signed with the Ducks in 2006 and left the program before ever making an impact.
Steven Harris (Texas Tech)
2007 (No offers extended)
2008 (6 offers extended)
Darron Thomas (Aldine) -- Thomas flipped from LSU to Oregon and became a record-breaking two-year starter for the Ducks. He left the program after his junior season and is now in the Canadian Football League.
LaMichael James (Texarkana) -- James chose the Ducks over Arkansas, Minnesota and Nebraska before becoming one of the best players in program history. In 2010, James won the Doak Walker Award, was a Heisman Trophy finalist and became the program's first unanimous All-American.
Blake Cantu (Southlake) -- Cantu came from one of the top programs in Texas with high expectations. His potential was never met due to recurring injuries that didn't allow him to make an impact in Eugene.
Zach Taylor (Brenham) -- Signed out of Blinn Junior College, Taylor spent one season as the Ducks' long-snapper before being dismissed from the program.
Kelly Page (Mesquite) -- Page committed to the Ducks before flipping to Ball State.
Terrence Robinson (Michigan)
2009 (14 offers extended)
Craig Loston (LSU) -- Visited Oregon
Jaz Reynolds (Oklahoma) -- Visited Oregon
Ja-mes Logan (Ole Miss) -- Visited Oregon
Tyrik Rollison (Auburn)
Chris Williams (Nebraska)
Randall Dent (Kansas)
Joel Gray (Texas Tech)
Kerry Lewis (Minnesota)
Emory Blake (Auburn)
Thaddeus Randle (Nebraska)
Colton Valencia (Texas A&M)
Marquise Goodwin (Texas)
Kenric McNeal (Texas A&M)
2010 (9 offers extended)
Lache Seastrunk (Oregon/Baylor) -- Seastrunk spent one year in Eugene before transferring to Baylor
Dontae Williams (Oregon/San Diego State) -- Williams also spent one year in Eugene before transferring to San Diego State)
Josh Huff (Aldine) -- Huff is a starting wide receiver for the Ducks as a junior.
Tyler Stephenson (Baylor) -- Visited Oregon
Darius White (Texas)
Jake Matthews (Texas A&M)
Shaun Lewis (Oklahoma State)
Alton Demby (Houston)
Toney Hurd Jr. (Texas A&M)
2011 (9 offers extended)
Anthony Wallace (Dallas) -- Wallace is a backup LB as a sophomore.
Tra Carson (Oregon/Texas A&M) -- Carson spent one season as a reserve running back before transferring to Texas A&M.
Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) -- Manziel was committed to the Ducks for months before flipping to Texas A&M.
Chris Barnett (Michigan)
Ryan Simmons (Oklahoma State)
Nathan Hughes (Oklahoma)
Jon Lewis (TCU)
Jonathan Lee (Baylor)
Andrew Peterson (Arkansas)
2012 (10 offers extended)
Bralon Addison (Missouri City) -- Addison made a signing day flip from Texas A&M to the Ducks. He is in the midst of a standout freshman season for the Ducks.
Chance Allen (Missouri City) -- Like his cousin, Addison, Allen made a signing day flip -- from Oklahoma State -- after a late visit to Eugene.
Eric Amoako (Arlington) -- Now in his redshirt freshman year with the Ducks
Stephen Amaoko (Arlington) -- Now in his redshirt freshman year with the Ducks
Bryce Cottrell (Texas) -- Cottrell was committed to the Ducks before Texas offered the Plano native
DeVante Harris (Texas A&M)
Trey Williams (Texas A&M)
Thomas Johnson (Texas A&M)
Kennedy Estelle (Texas)
Cayleb Jones (Texas)
The Ducks have never had the benefit of loading up on local players who grew up dreaming of playing for the them. The talent level just isn't there. The truth is, it likely never will be.