Recruiting by state: Michigan, Ohio, Pa.


The Oregon Ducks never have had the benefit of loading up on local players who grew up dreaming of playing for Oregon. The talent level in the state just isn't there, and it likely never will be. The Ducks always have recruited California as well as can be expected. In recent years, the Ducks also have done a great job of going into states that aren't exactly Oregon pipelines and convincing recruits to join up.

To continue the series of Oregon's recruiting by state, DuckNation examines the success -- or lack thereof -- the Ducks have experienced when recruiting the states of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania over the past decade. There haven't been many, but over the past two years the Ducks flipped two Michigan commits and beat Michigan, Ohio State and others for a third player.

Here is a look at who the Ducks have offered -- and signed -- from the three states over the past decade.


The Ducks offered one recruit from the three states in 2003, Chris Patrick (Ithaca, Mich.). Patrick signed with Nebraska without visiting Oregon.

2004, 2005

The Ducks didn't offer anyone from the three states in either year.


The Ducks offered just one recruit from the three states in 2006, QB Jeremy Ricker (Harrisburg, Pa.), who signed with Maryland without visiting Oregon.


The Ducks offered Derrick Knight (Detroit, Mich.), who signed with West Virginia without visiting Oregon, and LB Pete Rolf (Piqua, Ohio), who signed with Ball State despite a late offer from Oregon.


QB Terrell Pryor (Jeannette, Pa.), the nation's top QB recruit, had a long and dramatic recruitment that played out exactly how most thought it would. After maintaining he would visit Oregon, Pryor signed with Ohio State well after signing day without ever making a trip to Eugene.

Oregon also offered LB David Rolf (Piqua, Ohio), who signed with Michigan State without visiting Oregon.


Oregon offered WR Patrick White (Pickerington, Ohio), who signed with Michigan State, and OL Chris Freeman (Trotwood, Ohio), who signed with Missouri. Neither visited Oregon.


The Ducks finally broke through, signing one player from the three states after offering seven.

CB Dior Mathis (Detroit, Mich.): The US Army All-American signed with the Ducks over offers from Michigan, Miami, Tennessee and many more.

DE C.J. Olaniyan (Warren, Mich.) signed with Penn State without visiting Oregon, and QB Robert Bolden (Orchard, Mich.) signed with Penn State after visiting -- and heavily considering -- Michigan State and Oregon. DE Derrick Bryant (Columbus, Ohio) also visited Oregon but ultimately signed with UCLA.

Three other players signed elsewhere without visiting Eugene: QB Anthony Gonzalez (Bethlehem, Pa.) signed with Pitt; QB Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich) signed with Michigan; DE Dakota Royer (Manheim, Pa.) signed with Penn State.


Oregon continued its push in the region, offering nine recruits from the three states in 2011 but still signed only one, OL Jake Fisher (Traverse City, Mich.). After a late visit to Eugene, the long-time Michigan commit made the switch from the in-state Wolverines to the Ducks.

Two players from McKeesport, Pa., visited Eugene but signed elsewhere: DT Delvon Simmons nearly committed to the Ducks but instead chose North Carolina without ever visiting the Chapel Hill, N.C., campus. He transferred to Texas Tech without ever attending UNC. Simmons' teammate DE Branden Jackson visited Eugene with Simmons but opted to sign with Texas Tech.

Six other players signed elsewhere without ever visiting Eugene: DE Jesse Hayes (Cincinnati, Ohio) signed with Wisconsin; OL Andrew Zeller (Red Lion, Pa.) signed with Maryland; DE Chris Rock (Columbus, Ohio) signed with Michigan; TE Nick Vannett (Westerville, Ohio) signed with Ohio State; DT Kevin Williams (Holland, Ohio) signed with Nebraska; and TE Jake Duzey (Troy, Mich.) signed with Iowa.


The Ducks offered eight recruits from the three states in 2012, signing TE Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio) and WR Dwayne Stanford II. After a November visit to Eugene, Brown decommitted from Michigan and signed with the Ducks. Stanford, a US Army All-American, signed with the Ducks despite offers from some of the nation's top programs, including the in-state Buckeyes, who signed Stanford's high school teammate and friend, Adolphus Washington.

Once again, though, a long list of players signed elsewhere without ever visiting Eugene: WR Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.) signed with Penn State; RB Rushel Shell (Aliquippa, Pa.) signed with Pitt; ATH Demitrious Davis (Youngstown, Ohio) signed with Pitt; DE Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa.) signed with Ohio State; DE Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio) signed with Ohio State; and LB Deaysean Rippy (McKees Rocks, Pa.) signed with Pitt.