A look back at the 2009 recruiting class
July, 23, 2012
By Brandon P. Oliver | ESPN Insider
Steve Dykes/Getty ImagesLaVasier Tuinei emerged from being an unknown two-star recruit to being Oregon's go-to wide receiver, winning Rose Bowl offensive MVP honors in his final game.Oregon Ducks fans have been witness to 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 all of college football. 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. 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.
There have been some big names in the recruiting world who chose to play their college ball in Eugene, but how many of them have lived up to the hype?
Joe Tessitore discusses the latest Heismanology poll, which has Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott in the lead followed by Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Notre Dame QB Everett Golson, who jumped up to third after his performance in the loss to Florida State.
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