Monday, November 26, 2012
Weekend Rewind: Oregon
By Brandon P. Oliver
The Ducks now have five straight wins against in-state rival Oregon State in addition to nine in a row over Washington and six consecutive against Washington State.
Oddly enough, though, the Ducks don't go head-to-head with Oregon State or Washington State very often for recruits.
Oregon State has signed just a small handful of players who were also offered by the Ducks. The two biggest being senior wide receiver Markus Wheaton and freshman center Isaac Seumalo. Wheaton -- whose cousin is Oregon legend Kenny Wheaton -- was a lock to be a Duck until Oregon fired wide receiver coach Robin Pflugrad and defensive line coach Michael Gray, who was Wheaton's main recruiter. Seumalo went to high school in Corvallis and his brother Andrew is a senior on the Beavers' defensive line. Seumalo's father, Joe, is the Beavers' defensive line coach, making it nearly impossible for any school aside from Oregon State to sign Isaac.
Aside from those two unique situations, it has been a rare occurrence for the Beavers to beat out their bitter rivals for any other recruits in recent years.
In the Class of 2013, the Beavers were the first to offer in-state prospects Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha), Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), Brayden Kearsley (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) and Johnny Ragin (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) . So far, Tyner and Brenner have committed to the Ducks after being offered first by the Beavers. Ragin has seemingly ignored the Beavers' offer and has been in Eugene multiple times this fall in hopes of gaining an offer from the Ducks.
Read more about Oregon's recruiting dominance in the Northwest on DucksNation.