Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Oregon recruiting by state: Nevada
By Brandon P. Oliver
One of the more remarkable things about the steady rise the Oregon football program is that its home state is never going to be the place from which they stock their roster with talented recruits.
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 such as Texas and Arizona to secure commitments from some of the state's top players.
Aside from those three, there are other states in the West that produce BCS level players every year. The difference is the numbers aren't there, so coaching staffs must work to uncover some diamonds in the rough.
To continue the series of Oregon's recruiting by state, DuckNation examines the success -- or lack there of -- that the Ducks have experienced when recruiting the state of Nevada over the past decade. The state hasn't exactly been a gold mine for the Ducks, as they have only signed three players from the state since 2003. The first two each lasted two years with the program, and the third is a reserve lineman in his fourth year with the Ducks.
Below is a list -- by year -- of the offers that were extended to Nevada recruits by the Oregon coaching staff.
Ramond White (Oregon)
White spent two injury-plagued seasons in Eugene before leaving the program.
Devlin Bayne (Oregon)
Bayne also spent two seasons in Eugene before leaving the program
No offers extended
Mike Smith (Nebraska)
Billy Winn (Boise State)
Po'u Palelei (Arizona State)
Lawrence Guy (Arizona State)
Josh Jordan (Arizona State)
Juron Criner (Arizona)
Karrington Armstrong (Oregon)
Armstrong is currently a redshirt junior and is a reserve offensive lineman for the Ducks.
Keenan Graham (UCLA)
Xavier Grimble (USC)
Alex Turner (Stanford)
No offers extended
Cedrick Poutasi (Utah)
Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)