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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Ducks recruiting by state: Oregon

By Brandon P. Oliver

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Oregon native and San Diego Chargers tight end Dante Rosario was a key contributor for the Ducks and now in his sixth season in the NFL.
On the field, most elite football programs work to build their rosters from the inside out. The same can be said in recruiting. Put a fence around your state or region in order to sign all the local talent and build around those players.

Schools such as USC, Texas, Florida State, Miami and nearly every other school from the south all have the ability to fill half of their recruiting classes with players from within a few hours of campus. What makes the rise of the Oregon football program so unique is that the state of Oregon is in the lower third of all states in producing Division I talent.

The Ducks have never had the benefit of loading up on players who grew up waiting for the day they could sign their names on letters of intent bound for Oregon's football offices. The truth is, they never will. The Ducks have been able to adjust and piece together recruiting classes full of talent from around the country while adding in local stars any time they have the chance.

DuckNation will be taking a look at the luck, or lack thereof, that the Ducks have had when recruiting individual states over the past decade.

Like any elite program, we'll begin at home and work our way out. The following is a list of the in-state prospects that signed with Division-I schools.

OREGON


2003: 

Top Prospects: Jordan Senn (Portland State), Ryan Gunderson (Oregon State), Alex Brink (Washington State), Erik Berglund (Washington), Keith Robertson (Oregon State), Andy Darkins (Oregon State), Zach Hagemeister (Oregon State), Roy Schuening (Oregon State), Dante Rosario (Oregon), Jared Smith (Akron)

Overview: The Ducks landed just one of nine players who went on to play for an FBS-level program. The one they did land, Rosario, is still in the NFL after a solid career in Eugene. They also offered Robertson and Schuening, who both chose the Beavers.



2004:

Top prospects: Erik Ainge (Tennessee), Mike Jones (Oregon State), David Faaeteete (Oregon), Ryan Keeling (Oregon), Cole Linehan (Oregon)T.R. Smith (Oregon), Jake Paulson (Air Force), Corey O'Neill (Oregon State), Sam Doman (BYU), Saul Gamoudi (Hawaii), Eddie Stamm (Oregon State), David Johnson (Tulsa), Joe Bozikovich (Boise State), Zach Tarver (Oregon State), Slade Norris (Oregon State), Marcel Burrough (San Jose State), Matt Sieverson (Oregon State)

Overview: The Ducks landed four in-state players back in 2004, with the most high-profile prospect to leave the state was Erik Ainge, who headed to Tennessee.



2005:

Top prospects: Kevin Maher (Oregon State), Bryant Cornell (Oregon State), Michael Marks (Oregon State), Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska), Luke Yeager (Air Force), Nick Emmons (Army), Matt Bramow (Oregon), Zach Tatman (Oregon State), Derek Devine (Marshall), Dominic Padrta (Arkansas State), Todd Olson (Army), Ben Loebner (Duke), Williams Bates (Idaho), Daylan Phillips (Air Force), Nick Lomax (Boise State), Shawn Doman (BYU), Jarrod Jackson (UNLV)

Overview: South Eugene's Bramow was the lone player to sign with the Ducks, while future NFL star Suh made his way to Nebraska.



2006:

Top prospects: Kevin Riley (Cal), Gabe Miller (Oregon State), Kyle Loomis (Oregon State) Mau Nomani (Oregon State), Brandon Lemon (Air Force), Brady Camp (Oregon State), Keo Camat (Oregon State), Sam Doman (BYU)

Overview: Oregon failed to sign any in-state prospects in 2006, while Oregon State snagged elite prospect Miller.



2007:

Top prospects: Myles Wade (Oregon), Will Darkins (Oregon State), Kevin Frahm (Oregon State), Brandon Jackson (Kentucky), Carl Sommer (Oregon State), Dan Paul (Boise State), Colby Prince (Oregon State), Scott Shugert (Washington), Kevin Leeland (Army), Mike Chambers (Air Force), Peter DuBois (Air Force), Paul Weatheroy (Air Force), Sean Williams (Navy), Owen Marecic (Stanford), John Laidet (Oregon), Aaron Pflugrad (Oregon), Bo Moos (Arizona State), Marcus Matthews (BYU)

Overview: Oregon's strong haul from 2007 included Wade, a U.S. Army All-American. The top player with an Oregon offer to leave the state was two-way star Marecic, who's now in the NFL.



2008:

Top prospects: Ethan Johnson (Notre Dame), Scott Grady (Oregon), Jordan Bishop (Oregon State), Paul McCoy (SMU), Adam Coerper (Washington State), Tony Wilson (Oregon State), Nick Green (Air Force), Jordan Polk (Washington), Bronson Durrant (Boise State), Raphiel Lambert (Boise State), Jay Matthews (Washington State)

Overview: Grady was the state's lone prospect to ink with the Ducks, while Johnson, a U.S. Army All-American, found his way to South Bend.



2009:

Top prospects: Taylor Hart (Oregon), Charles Siddoway (Cal), Gabe Linehan (Boise State), Mitch Matthews (BYU), Micah Hatfield (Oregon State), Jack Lomax (Oregon State), Michael Beaton (Oregon State), Jordan Poyer (Oregon State)

Overview: The Ducks got their man in Hart and didn't offer any other in-state prospects in 2009.



2010:

Top prospects: Curtis White (Oregon), Keanon Lowe (Oregon), Will Storey (Oregon State), Owamagbe Odighizuwa (UCLA), Gabe King (Cal), James Aloe (Washington), Jacob Wark (Cal), Michael Bibbee (Oregon State), Grant Hedrick (Boise State)

Overview: With several in-state All-Americans in 2010, Oregon snagged a couple in White and Lowe. The state's top player to go elsewhere was Odighizuwa.



2011:

Top prospects: Colt Lyerla (Oregon)Tyson Coleman (Oregon), Brennan Scarlett (Cal), Logan Mayes (Washington State), Brett Smith (Wyoming), Elisinoa Aluesi (Oregon State), James Euscher (Oregon),  Hayden Plinke (Boise State), Brock Lutes (Washington State)

Overview: All-American Lyerla was the team's top priority and is already paying dividends this season. The top prospect Oregon offered but who decided to go elsewhere was Scarlett.



2012:

Top prospects: Alex Balducci (Oregon/US Army AA)Brett Bafaro (Oregon), Isaac Seumalo (Oregon State/Under Armour AA), Oshay Dunmore (Oregon), Alex Mitchell (Washington State), Joel Skotte (Oregon St), Nathan Leddige (Wyoming), Ammon Tuimaunei (Army), Sam McCaskill (Boise State), Maximo Espitia (Cal), David Fennell (Michigan State), Marcell Frazier (UNLV)

Overview: Balducci, a U.S. Army All-American, was the centerpiece of a two-player in-state haul, while Seumalo chose Oregon State over the Ducks.