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Top Oregon Ducks recruit misses

1/21/2013

Despite all of Oregon's success on the field and the recruiting trail, like all other teams, the Ducks have had their share of misses. For a variety of reasons, some hyped recruits have not panned out.

Here's a look at five recruiting misses from recent Oregon history:

1. Texas running backs

With the success LaMichael James, most like to think of Oregon as having major success in their recruitment of Texas running backs. But while James was great, the other three only lasted a year each in Eugene.

Lache Seastrunk (Temple, Texas/Texas) was one of the top players in the country coming out of high school but transferred before ever touching the field in Eugene. He has had a rebirth at Baylor, but his biggest legacy may be the lingering NCAA investigation surrounding his recruitment at Oregon.

Dontae Williams (Aldine, Texas/Aldine) and Tra Carson (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau) also left Eugene after one season.

2. Defensive tackles

When they needed them most, Oregon was unable to get any of their star defensive tackle recruits on campus between 2007-2009. Neither Myles Wade (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic), Simi Fili (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood) nor Justin Thompson (Torrance, Calif./El Camino) were able to gain eligibility and get on the field for the Ducks.

3. The De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) trio

The most-hyped package deal in Oregon -- also one of the biggest in all of recruiting -- history was one of the biggest coups in recruiting. But these elite prospects -- WR Cameron Colvin, CB Willie Glasper and CB Jackie Bates -- from the same legendary program never quite reached the level of success that was expected.

4. Ryan Gilliam (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), Class of 2003

When the former Florida State commit signed with Oregon in 2003, it was probably the biggest recruiting coup the Ducks had ever pulled. Gilliam spent two years in Eugene before transferring to South Florida.

5. Aaron Klovas (Graham, Wash./Bethel), Class of 2004

As Oregon was beginning to emerge as a legitimate program in the early-to-mid 2000's, the offensive line was the biggest issue holding it back. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Klovas was supposed to be the one who anchored the Ducks' OL going forward. Unfortunately for Oregon, Klovas didn't develop and transferred to Idaho State after just one redshirt season in Eugene.