- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
If 10 years ago someone read the words, "Oregon signs ESPN 150 athlete from Florida," morning coffee would have been spit out. It would be hard enough to imagine a small school -- with no tradition -- from the rainy Pacific Northwest signing anyone from the Sunshine State, let alone an ESPN 150 member.
While it was only one, the Ducks did just that in 2011 when Tacoi Sumler signed with the Ducks over schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina. Looking back at the past decade of Oregon's recruiting in Florida, there have been two big recruits to sign with the Ducks, but neither finished their careers in Eugene. When the Ducks landed Ryan Gilliam of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln -- a Florida State pipeline school -- after he was originally committed to the local Seminoles, people were amazed that they pulled it off.
Gilliam lasted less than two years in Eugene before transferring to South Florida. Sumler lasted just one redshirt year before transferring to Appalachian State before the 2012 season.
The Ducks have been fairly active in recruiting Florida over the past few years, but have been unable to gain much traction.
Ryan Gilliam: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln -- Gilliam shocked everyone when he decommitted from Florida State and opted to sign with Oregon. After a redshirt freshman season in Eugene, Gilliam decided to transfer to South Florida.
Dave Howell: Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Miami (Fla.) without visiting Oregon.
Tony Carter: Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin -- Signed with Florida State without visiting Oregon
No offers extended
Johnnie Lee Dixon: Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central -- Signed with Auburn without visiting Oregon
Jamar Taylor: Lakeland (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Alabama without visiting Oregon
Jacory Harris: Miami (Fla.) Northwestern -- Signed with Miami after visiting and giving Oregon a serious look
Tommy Streeter: Miami (Fla.) Northwestern -- Signed with Miami on signing day after visiting Oregon and flirting with the idea of committing to the Ducks
Casey Kelly: Sarasota (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Tennessee, but chose to pursue a baseball career after being drafted in the first round of the MLB draft
Ray Ray Armstrong: Sanford (Fla.) Seminole -- Signed with Miami without visiting Oregon.
Geno Smith: Miramar (Fla.) High School -- Signed with West Virginia without visiting Oregon
Juwanza Starling: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln -- Signed with USC without visiting Oregon.
Christian James: Orlando (Fla.) Olympia -- Signed with Colorado State without visiting Oregon.
Ivan McCartney: Miramar (Fla.) High School -- Signed with West Virginia after visiting Oregon.
Kadron Boone: Ocala (Fla.) Trinity -- Signed with LSU without visiting Oregon.
Ethan Grant: Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward -- Committed to the Ducks early before signing with TCU. His career was ultimately cut short due to a medical issue.
David Perry: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University -- Signed with Miami without visiting Oregon.
Brandon Gainer: Miami (Fla.) Central -- Signed with Kentucky without visiting Oregon.
James Louis: Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic -- Signed with Ohio State without visiting Oregon.
Ted Meline: Miami (Fla.) North -- Signed with Tennessee without visiting Oregon.
Issac Dixon: Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace -- In his redshirt freshman season after signing with the Ducks over Kansas State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, South Florida and Syracuse.
Eric Dungy: Tampa (Fla.) Plant -- Now a sophomore for the Ducks after signing with them despite offers from Minnesota, Florida Int'l, Florida Atlantic, UCF, South Florida, and a late offer from Florida State.
Ryan White: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln -- Signed with Auburn without visiting Oregon.
Tacoi Sumler: Miami (Fla.) Columbus -- The former ESPN 150 member spent one season in Eugene before transferring to Appalachian State.
Tony Steward: St. Augustine (Fla.) Pedro Menendez -- Signed with Clemson without visiting Oregon.
James Wilder Jr.: Tampa (Fla.) Plant -- Signed with Florida State without visiting Oregon.
Brandon Fulse: Fort Meade (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Auburn without visiting Oregon.
Jerrard Randall: Hollywood (Fla.)Chaminade-Madonna -- Committed to Oregon but was unable to gain admittance into school. Now a redshirt freshman at LSU.
Ja'Juan Story: Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast -- Signed with Florida after visiting Oregon and Ohio State.
Jordan Williams: Gainesville (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Tennessee after a visit to Oregon
Keith Lewis: Tampa (Fla.) Freedom -- Signed with Ole Miss without visiting Oregon.
Kent Taylor: Land O' Lakes (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Florida without visiting Oregon.
Nelson Algholor: Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep -- Signed with USC without visiting Oregon
Avery Young: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School -- Signed with Auburn without visiting Oregon.
Daniel Perry: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University -- Signed with South Florida without visiting Oregon.
Oregon has offered eight prospects from the state of Florida in the class of 2013. Of the eight, only two took a good look at the Ducks' program.
Leon McQuay III; Seffner (Fla.) Armwood- Officially visited Oregon in October. The Ducks are battling USC, Michigan, Florida State and Vanderbilt for his commitment.
Vernon Hargreaves III; Tampa (Fla.) Wharton, visited Oregon unofficially before committing to Florida.