- 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 not known for producing talent to secure commitments from some players that were mostly overlooked throughout their high school careers .
To continue the series of Oregon's recruiting by state, DuckNation examines the success -- or lack thereof -- that the Ducks have experienced when recruiting the states of Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming over the past decade. While the region is not exactly a recruiting hotbed, the Ducks have been able to land some impact players over the past 10 years.
Here is a look at who they offered, who visited, who they signed and how their careers played out.
2003: The Ducks offered just one player.
TE Ray Gurley (Independence, Kan./Independence C.C.): Gurley committed to Arizona without visiting Oregon.
2004: The Ducks didn't offer any recruits.
2005: The Ducks offered two players.
OL Andy Kuempel (Marion, Iowa/Linn Mar): Kuempel signed with Iowa without visiting Oregon.
OL Matt Pipho (La Porte City, Iowa/Union): Pipho visited Oregon and Stanford but ultimately signed with Miami (Fla.)
2006, 2007: The Ducks didn't offer any recruits.
2008: The Ducks offered three prospects, signing one.
ATH Chris Harper (Wichita, Kan./Northwest): Harper signed with the Ducks and spent one year as a quarterback and wide receiver for the Ducks before transferring home to Kansas State. Now a senior, Harper has had a successful career as one of the Wildcats' go-to receivers since the 2010 season.
QB MarQueis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis): The US Army All-American signed with Minnesota without visiting Oregon.
WR Brodrick Smith (Garden City, Kan./Garden City): Smith signed with Minnesota without visiting Oregon.
2009: The Ducks offered six recruits, signing three of them.
RB Bryce Brown (Wichita, Kan./East): After decommitting from Miami (Fla), Brown visited Oregon before ultimately signing with Tennessee. After one year in Knoxville, Brown transferred to Kansas State, then left the Wildcats' program for the Canadian Football league in 2011. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and earned his first start earlier this week.
DB Ruddell Crim (El Dorado, Kan./Butler C.C.): Crim visited Oregon before signing with Arkansas
WR Tyrece Gaines (El Dorado, Kan./Butler C.C.): After being cleared by the NCAA, Gaines signed with the Ducks over Oklahoma and Ole Miss. After one season, he was declared academically ineligible and left the program.
DL Zac Clark (El Dorado, Kan./Butler C.C.): Clark signed with the Ducks over offers from Texas A&M, Boise State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Arizona and Kansas State. He appeared in all 13 games in 2009 and then started most of the Ducks' 2010 BCS runner-up season.
LB Jordan Barnes (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead): Barnes signed with Oklahoma State without visiting Oregon.
ATH Daryle Hawkins (Omaha, Neb./Central): Hawkins was committed to Northern Iowa before the Ducks hired wide receivers coach Scott Frost away from UNI. He immediately offered Hawkins, who switched his pledge to the Ducks. He is currently a junior wide receiver for the Ducks.
2010: The Ducks offered three recruits.
ATH Justin McCay (Shawnee, Kan./Bishop Miege): McCay signed with Oklahoma without visiting Oregon.
QB Blake Bell (Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll): Bell signed with Oklahoma without visiting Oregon.
WR Dyjuan Lewis (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike): Lewis signed with Cincinnati without visiting Oregon.
2011: The Ducks offered three prospects from the region, signing two of them.
ATH Christian French (Cedar $apids, Iowa/Kennedy): The US Army All-American signed with the Ducks over Notre Dame and Iowa. He is currently in his redshirt freshman year as a backup defensive end.
DT Jared Ebert (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.): Ebert signed with the Ducks over West Virginia, TCU, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and others. He was set to be a big contributor in 2012 after a redshirt season in 2011. He was hurt in the opening game of 2012 and missed the rest of the season.
OL Kiaro Holts (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central): Holts signed with North Carolina without visiting Oregon.
2012: The Ducks offered three recruits, signing one.
DL Stetzon Bair (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.): The younger brother of former Ducks All-Pac-10 defensive lineman Brandon Bair, Bair signed with the Ducks and is currently a redshirt defensive lineman.
LB David Perkins (South Bend, Ind./Washington): Perkins signed with Ohio State without visiting Oregon.
DE Trace Clark (Wichita, Kan./Collegiate): The younger brother of former Duck Zac Clark, Clark signed with Oklahoma State without visiting Oregon.
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.