Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Recruiting by state: Colorado and Utah
By Brandon P. Oliver
Oregon has never been able to load up on elite local players who grew up dreaming of playing for the them. The Ducks have always recruited California as well as they can be expected to. In recent years, they have done a great job of going into states not known for producing talent to secure commitments from some players that were mostly overlooked throughout their high school careers. To continue the series of Oregon's recruiting by state, DuckNation examines the success -- or lack thereof -- the Ducks have experienced when recruiting Colorado and Utah over the past decade.
OL Jeff Kendall (Colorado Springs, Colo.): Kendall signed with the Ducks and became a four-year letter winner for the Ducks. His versatility allowed the Ducks to move him around on some of their most successful offensive lines ever.
LB John Bacon (Lakewood, Colo.): Bacon started 16 games during his Oregon career. It would have been a lot more had he not been held back by injuries.
DL Thor Pili (Orem, Utah): Pili signed with the Ducks over offers from Nebraska, Stanford, Utah, Oregon State and Arizona State.
DL Calais Campbell (Denver, Colo.): Campbell signed with Miami over Michigan, Oregon and Nebraska. He is now a starter for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.
OL Matt Slauson (Colorado Springs, Colo.): A high school teammate of Kendall's, Slauson signed with Nebraska and now starts for the New York Jets.
DL Tommie Hill (Littleton, Colo.): Hill signed with Colorado State over offers from Oregon and Nebraska.
OL Ray Feinga (West Valley, Utah): Feinga signed with in-state BYU over offers from Boise State and Oregon.
DB Grant Crunkleton (Denver, Colo.): Crunkleton signed with Arizona State over offers from Colorado, Oregon, Kansas State and UCLA.
LB Matthew Braman (Niwot, Colo.): Braman went to Georgia Tech despite offers from Colorado, Oregon and Kansas State.
OL Chris Guarnero (Denver, Colo.): Guarnero signed with Cal after visiting Oregon early in the process.
RB Stanley Havili (Salt Lake City, Utah): Havili signed with USC without visiting Oregon.
OL Zeke Wily (Orem, Utah): Signed with Utah after a late visit to Oregon.
WR Drew Davis (Denver, Colo.): Davis signed with the Ducks over offers from Cal, Colorado, UCLA and Washington. He was a two-year starter and improved greatly throughout his career. He is now on the Atlanta Falcons.
OL Mark Asper (Ogden, Utah): Asper signed with the Ducks despite offers from Boise State and BYU. He started 38 games for the Ducks and was a valuable member of three straight BCS teams.
DT Simi Fili (Salt Lake City, Utah): The U.S. Army All-American signed with the Ducks over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Utah, Arizona State, Colorado and Nebraska. He failed to qualify and never suited up for the Ducks.
DT Tonga Tea (Ephraim, Utah): Tea signed with Oklahoma State over Oregon, Utah and Washington State.
DB Nolan Brewster (Denver, Colo.): Brewster ended up going to Texas over offers from Oregon, Nebraska and USC.
LB Jon Major (Parker, Colo.): Major signed with Colorado over offers from Michigan, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
TE Austin Holt (South Jordan, Utah): Despite offers from Stanford, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, Holt signed with BYU.
QB Jack Elway (Englewood, Colo.): Elway signed with Arizona State over Oregon and UCLA.
DL Nick Kasa (Broomfield, Colo.): Kasa committed to Florida after visiting Oregon, then later switched and signed with Colorado.
OL Jack Harris (Parker, Colo.): Harris signed with Colorado without ever visiting Oregon.
DB Alex Logan (Denver, Colo.): Logan signed with Cal after visiting Oregon, Nebraska and Arizona State.
OL Jeremiah Sirles (Lakewood, Colo.): Sirles signed with Nebraska after visiting Oregon and Arizona State
DT Ricky Heimuli (Salt Lake City, Utah): Heimuli, the U.S. Army All-American signed with the Ducks over offers from USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Oregon State, Washington, Utah, Michigan, Nebraska and others. He is currently a second-year starter at defensive tackle for the Ducks.
DL Chris Martin (Aurora, Colo.): Martin signed with Cal without ever visiting Oregon. He later transferred to Florida.
DL Joe Kruger (Orem, Utah): Kruger signed with Utah over offers from the entire Pac-10, except for Stanford and USC.
DB Chris Badger (Provo, Utah): Badger signed with Notre Dame without having visited Oregon.
The Ducks didn't offer any recruits from Colorado or Utah.
TE Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.): Baylis committed to the Ducks early, signed and enrolled in time for spring ball. He also held offers from Michigan, Stanford, Utah, Arizona, UCLA and more.
OL Alex Kozan (Castle Rock, Colo.): Kozan signed with Auburn after visiting Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan.
OL Paul Thurston (Arvada, Colo.): Thurston signed with Nebraska without visiting Oregon.
LB Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah): Afalava signed with Nebraska over offers from Utah, Oregon, Washington, BYU and Colorado.