Defensive lineman Michael Speed, 6-4, 224, from Los Angeles (Calif.) University HS committed to the Ducks. Bellotti described the aptly named Speed as a player, "that runs very, very fast."
Speed led his team with a 10 quarterbacks sacks and was third on his team with tackles. He was a first-team all-city, and his team won the L.A. City Championship in his senior season. Speed was also a first-team all-Western League in 2002 and participated in track and field in the 400 meters and shot put.
Michal Howeth, a 6-4, 255 defensive tackle from Dallas (Tex.) W.T. White HS, committed to the Ducks as well. Howeth, has 2-star rating by TheInsiders.com and was among the top100 prep prospects from the state of Texas. Howeth was a three time all-district honoree and the 2001 District Newcomer of the Year. He had 17 tackles for loss during his senior year.
Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park High School
National Ranking: 37 Rating: 3-Stars
Kwame Agyeman has been a three-year varsity starter for his high school team. He is a solid athlete that could play in space (cornerback) or move inside (safety). Was named conference MVP and 1st Team All-Area as a junior. Kwame was also honored as the Upstate 8 Conference defensive MVP for a record two years in a row. In his senior year campaign, Agyeman recorded 97 tackles and picked off two passes while breaking up 12 others. The versatile athlete also blocked six punts. Brother (Nana Ageyman) is a cornerback for the University of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune, The Champagne News Gazzette and the Illinois Football Coaches Association all selected Kwame Agyeman for All-State honors. Agyeman is named a Midwest "Hot 100" selection in 2003 by TheInsiders.com. SuperPrep Magazine named Agyeman the 42nd best player in the Midwest, a six state region, in their January 2004 All-America issue. PrepStar Magazine rewarded Agyeman with All-Region distinction in their January 2004 issue. Kwame Agyeman was the top safety prospect on the Oregon board. He is also a solid student and is fully qualified.
GPA: 3.3; SAT/ACT: 1140/23
Agyeman is capable of a 250-pound bench press. At the Nike camp he was able to repeatedly bench press 185 pounds 13 times. He also recorded a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.34 seconds and vertical jump was 29.8 inches.
PROJECTED POSITION: Safety
"Oregon was real nice," said Agyeman to TheInsiders.com following his visit to Oregon. "You could tell that they really care about their athletes at Oregon -great facilities, campus and coaches. I can't say enough about the visit."
In the end, Agyeman was torn in choosing between Oregon, Arizona and Indiana. He announced his decision to for Oregon among family and friends at a January 30 home high school basketball game.
Agyeman chalked up football scholarship offers from Arizona, Boston College, Colorado, Illinois and Indiana.
Idaho Falls (Ida.) Bonneville High School
National Ranking: 181 Rating: 2-star
He was All-Idaho (2nd Team) on offense and defense and didn't allow a sack as a senior. On the other side of the ball, Asper recorded 52 tackles and three sacks while most teams tried to run away from him. PrepStar Magazine acknowledged Mark Asper with All-Region honors in their January, 2004 issue. Despite being considered a sleeper by some, the Oregon staff had Asper rated very high on their board at offensive tackle.
"I'm pretty fast and pretty aggressive," Asper told theInsiders.com. "I'm good at pass blocking because I have quick feet and drop back well. I need better upper body strength and speed."
Asper has indicated that he will take a two-year LDS religious mission before enrolling at Oregon. GPA: 3.8; ACT: 24
He bench presses 300 pounds, squats 450 pounds and power cleans 250 pounds. He has a vertical jump of 24 inches.
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive Lineman
"They (Oregon coaches and players) were really great to be around and they seemed anxious for me to play for them," Asper told theInsiders.com in December, 2003. " They also seem to always have a pretty good team and do well every year."
Following his official visit to Oregon in November 2003 Asper also told the BYU website Total Blue Sports, "My trip to Oregon was awesome. I flew out of Idaho Airport on their private jet. I saw their campus, new locker rooms and met all their players. I saw what they do on game day. I went to their game against California and it was awesome; they won."
Asper also received football scholarship offers to attend BYU, Utah State, and Boise State.
Lakewood (Colo.) Lakewood High School
John Bacon was named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team and to the Rocky Mountain News All-Class 4A football team. Even though he may project as a fullback at Oregon, Bacon was tabbed first team all-state and all-conference as a linebacker. Bacon had 109 tackles and two interceptions as a senior. He has incredible speed for player with his size and comes from excellent bloodlines since his dad played for the Pittsburg Steelers. In the end John Bacon picked Oregon over Colorado State.
Bacon can bench press 350 pounds squat is 460 pounds and power clean 300 pounds. His vertical jump ("This is the one I'm most proud of," said Bacon) is a remarkable 34 inches.
PROJECTED POSITION: Fullback, Linebacker
"I made a commitment to Oregon and I'm standing by that commitment and I'm glad I made it," Bacon told TheInsiders.com. "My trip went really well and I loved the place. It's the greatest place in the world." The main reason though had more to do with the players at Oregon.
"They make you want to compete and I really feel like I could impact that team," said Bacon. "They just really made it feel like home. Coach (Mike) Bellotti is an offensive genius and both him and the Defensive Coordinator (Nick) Aliotti made me feel right at home. It was the atmosphere that made me want to go there."
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School
National Ranking: 12; Rating: 4-stars
National Ranking: 12; Rating: 4-Stars THE STATS:
As a junior, Jackie Bates backed up UCLA-bound Maurice Drew but still rushed for 747 yards on 69 carries with 15 touchdowns earning 2nd team All-State Underclass honors. Bates is lightning quick and demonstrated his excellent speed by clocking 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters as a junior. Bates tore a ligament between his first two toes on his left foot during his senior year and required surgery. SuperPrep ranked Bates a preseason All-American and the 16th best defensive back in the country. PrepStar Magazine also acknowledged Jackie with postseason All-America honors in their January, 2004 issue. And although his senior season was cut short by injury, Bates received votes in the highly regarded 2004 "Best in the West" listing by the Long Beach Press Telegram. The Contra Costa Times also remembered Jackie Bates and selected him #9 on their All-Bay Area "Cream of the Crop" list.
GPA: 2.5; SAT: 920
Bates was tested at the NorCal Nike camp held at Stanford this past summer and recorded a blistering 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds. He also was timed at 4.09 seconds in shuttle, a very impressive time. Bates was able to bench press 185 pounds 19 times and completed a vertical jump of 38.6 inches.
PROJECTED POSITION: Cornerback.
"I just really like Oregon," Bates told theInsiders.com a few weeks before announcing his commitment to Oregon. "The campus is great, I really get along well with the coaches, I know some of the players already. Demetrious (Williams, former teammate at De La Salle) was my host and he was joking saying he can't wait until I get there so he can take me deep."
After he announced his decision, Bates was again interviewed by theInsiders.com and reported some other factors in his Oregon decision.
"Coach Aliotti said that I was the number one cornerback on their board," said Bates. "so I'm excited about that."
Bates chose Oregon after receiving football scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Colorado State and Oregon State.
Carlin (Nev.) Carlin High School
National Ranking: Not ranked; Rating: 2-stars
National Ranking: NR; Rating: 2-Stars THE STATS:
Devlin Bayne achieved first-team all conference on both offense and defense during his senior season. The three year starter was his league's defensive Most Valuable Player recording 12 sacks and averaging seven tackles per game while leading his Carlin team to their second consecutive state championship. He also had 23 catches and 12 touchdowns from his tight end spot. Bayne probably flew under the radar of most of the recruiting prognosticators, as the state of Nevada wasn't represented in SuperPrep or PrepStar Magazines this year. But, that isn't anything out of the ordinary considering the tight end talent selected by Oregon in the past, including those standouts such as Jed Weaver, Josh Wilcox, Willy Tate and Jeff Thomason who were all unheralded coming out of high school but able to earn letters at Oregon and go onto the professional ranks. Ironically, Devlin's future may be at defensive end at Oregon because he has the frame to carry thirty more pounds and maintain his explosive speed.
Bayne bench presses 315 pounds, squats 360 pounds and power cleans 245 pounds. He is also capable of performing a 30-inch vertical jump, a remarkable feat for a person his size. It may also help to explain why Bayne plays basketball as well as football. Remarkably, Carlin high school only fields an eight-man team.
"I'm good at blocking passes," he told theInsiders.com when asked about the strengths of his game. "I can rush the passer, I can catch the ball well and I can really run. I'm also a really good blocker."
PROJECTED POSITION: Defensive end, Tight end
"Coach (Nick) Aliotti was at my house last night (Jan. 16), but I didn't commit until about 3 o'clock this afternoon," Devlin told TheInsiders.com. "I called to tell the coaches and they were all fired up. It was awesome. I'm an Oregon Duck."
Devlin mentioned the sports marketing program and the facilities as two strong selling points in picking the Ducks over Fresno State and Nevada. "The coaches are great too," he said. "The stability is there."
Any final words for the Duck faithful? "Watch for me," said Bayne. "I'm comin' up."
Los Angeles (Calif.) Susan Miller Dorsey High School
National Ranking: 23; Rating: 3-star
Jerome Boyd is a talented safety, who is one of the top prospects on the West Coast. He is a good cover man who is a fierce hitter and can also run. Jerome had five interceptions as a junior and in his senior year he recorded 115 tackles including three sacks, two-fumble recoveries one blocked punt, and an interception returned for a touchdown. SuperPrep Magazine ranked Boyd as the 51st best prospect in California in their preseason issue. In the January 2004 All-America issue, SuperPrep moved Boyd up to 39th place. PrepStar Magazine rewarded Boyd with All-American laurels in their January, 2004 edition. Jerome also received votes for the prestigious Long Beach Press Telegram "Best in the West" list. Boyd has been invited to play in the Shrine All-Star this summer.
"I can hit and cover," Boyd told TheInsiders.com. "I love hitting and I'm rangy, so I can get across the field."
Boyd had a solid year in his first year at Dorsey after transferring from Oxnard Hueneme High School between his sophomore and junior year.
His father Jerome, is a former Oregon State and Seahawks player.
GPA: 2.6; SAT: 720 (December retake unreported)
Boyd bench presses 275 pounds and squats 335 pounds. Boyd also runs track in the 100 (10.9), 200 and 4x100 meter relay.
"I'm shooting for a 10.8 (100 meters) this year," Boyd said.
PROJECTED POSITION: Safety
"Everything went good on my trip and it felt good," Boyd told theInsiders.com following his visit to Oregon. "I'm glad it's over. They talked how they would use me and how I would fit in. It all sounded good."
I really liked my trip to Oregon," Boyd told SuperPrep Magazine. "That's what did it. Before I took my trip, I was actually favoring Washington."
Boyd turned down football scholarship offers to attend Arizona, San Diego State and Washington in favor of Oregon.
Cornerback Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Rancho Cucamonga High School
National Ranking: Not Ranked; Rating: 2-star
National Ranking: not rated; Rating: 2-Stars
Final statistics as a senior: 74 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and caused two fumbles. Chung was ranked the 86th best prospect in California in the January, 2004 All-America issue of SuperPrep Magazine. Patrick was also tabbed as an All-Region selection by PrepStar Magazine in the January, 2004 edition.
"I'm aggressive and I like to tackle. I'm very physical. I need to improve my footwork and turn to the receiver faster and break on the ball quicker."
His first scholarship offer was from Wyoming. Chung was a 1st team All-League selection a year ago after totaling 78 tackles and four interceptions. UCLA and Oregon State all showed a lot of early interest but grade concerns caused some schools to back off a little in terms of an early offer. Chung offers a huge upside in potential since he will only be 17 years old in August and his body should continue to grow and mature before he hits the field on game day at Oregon. Patrick was so certain he wanted to become a Duck, he committed before he took his official visit to Eugene.
GPA: 2.0 SAT: 900
Bench presses 280 pounds and squats 490. He has a vertical jump of 32 inches.
PROJECTED POSITION: Cornerback
"Oregon is one of the best schools in the nation. The facilities are some of the best and they have great academic support."
Chung also received football scholarship offers to attend Boise State and Colorado State.
Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista High School
National Ranking: 67 Rating: 2-Stars
National Ranking: 67; Rating: 2-Stars THE STATS:
Sharrod Davis not only helped his team to an impressive 11-2-1 final record, but he also positioned himself to receive Pac-10 Conference football scholarship. During his season campaign Davis contributed 40 tackles and four interceptions (one for a touchdown). But, that was only on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Davis recorded 19 receptions for 450 yards and 12 touchdowns. During his junior year, Davis rushed for 1,200 yards and had 600 yards of receiving and 15 total touchdowns. After his senior campaign Davis was named All-Grossmont South League offensive MVP and also to the 1st Team defense squad. In addition, Sharrod was selected All-East County 1st Team defense for the second year in a row and All-San Diego CIF 2nd Team Defense. SuperPrep Magazine tabbed Davis the 51st best player in the state of California in their January 2004 All-America issue.
"I have good speed and I hit hard. I'm very aggressive." Davis told TheInsiders.com.
GPA: 2.8; SAT: 1230
Davis bench presses 300 pounds, squats 340 pounds. At the SoCal Nike camp held at the USC campus last spring, Davis had 4.57 second timing in the 40-yard dash, 4.18 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle run and 30.7 vertical jump. He pressed 185 pounds 13 times.
PROJECTED POSITION: Cornerback
"They've (Oregon) been my number-one team since the ninth grade," Davis told TheInsiders.com during his recruitment. "When Coach (Dan) Ferrigno came down I liked everything he had to say and then when the head coach (Mike Bellotti) came down I liked everything even more.
"It was about three days after his visit, on Christmas Eve I think. And I was talking to my Dad, not really thinking about committing at all, but he told me that I might as well do it now, so that way I wouldn't be waiting until it's too late."
Davis said the Duck coaches told him it was his cover skills and ability to come up and hit that impressed them.
"I like the way that it's a college town there," Davis said of Eugene. "And they pack the stadium every game. And it just seems that they are the only school in the Pac-10 off the top of my head that plays on TV every week."
Arizona, California, Colorado State, UNLV, Wyoming and UCLA also offered Davis football scholarship offers.
Medford (Ore.) North Medford High School
National Ranking: 19; Rating: 4-Stars
National Ranking: 18; Rating: 4-Stars THE STATS:
David Faaeteete is one of the most decorated defensive players to come out of the state of Oregon in many years. As a junior, he was named to the all-state third team on defense and first-team SOC on offense and defense. He was also recognized in 2002 by the Tacoma News Tribune as a ‘Nugget in Waiting.'
In 2004, Faaeteete was named to both the Northwest Hot 100 and the Pac-10 100 by TheInsiders.com for his senior season exploits. He was also selected as the State 4-A Defensive Player of the Year by the Oregonian. He was named by Tacoma News Tribune to the prestigious 2004 Northwest Nugget list. He was also the third player to be listed in the honorable mention category of the exclusive Long Beach Telegram 2004 Best in the West list. SuperPrep Magazine gave him All-American honors in their preseason issue tabbing him as the best player in the state of Oregon at any position and the 19th best defensive lineman in the country. PrepStar listed Faaeteete as a member of their Dream Team in their January, 2004 issue, the only prospect from the state of Oregon to receive such distinction. During his senior campaign David led his North Medford squad to the Oregon 4-A championship game against Tigard while recording 9.5 sacks and 30 quarterback rushes. He was the Duck's first verbal commitment for the class of 2004.
One of David's highlights was a pouch kick return against Eagle Point. Faaeteete caught the ball and 70-yards later he was in the end zone!
Faaeteete is a versatile athlete who also plays basketball and participates in track and field.
Faaeteete is a native of Western Samoa and came to the United States as a toddler and has been in the Medford area since he was 5 years old.
At the Nike Football Camp held in Eugene last summer, Faaeteete ran the 40-yard dash in 5.00 seconds and completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.70 seconds. He also had a 25.8-inch vertical jump and bench pressed 185 pounds 21 times.
PROJECTED POSITION: Defensive Tackle.
"He (Faaeteete) played at Oregon about three times as a freshman," Beck said. "He fell in love with the campus…built relationships with coaches. David said, "If I ever get a chance to play college football, I want to play for Oregon."
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School
National Ranking: 6; Rating: 4-stars
During his senior season at a team that is considered the No. 1 high school team (12-0) in the country, Glasper had 15 rushing touchdowns, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As a junior, Glasper had 66 tackles and eight interceptions. Glasper is widely considered a "lock-down" cornerback with the skills necessary to line up against a team's best receiver. Glasper was awarded SuperPrep Magazine preseason All-America honors and was ranked the 11th top defensive back in the country and the 9th top player in California in the January 2004 SuperPrep All-America issue. Glasper also received All-America distinction from PrepStar Magazine in their January 2004 edition and was named the 12th best player in the Long Beach Telegram's heralded 2004 Best in the West roster. The Contra Costa Times selected Glasper as the 5th best player on their "Cream of the Crop" All-Bay Area squad. In January Willie played in the prestigious CaliFlorida All-Star game.
GPA: 2.3 SAT: 910
Glasper has a bench press of 285 pounds and squats 405. He had 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, a 3.83-second in the 20-Yard Shuttle. His vertical jump was 34.2 inches and had 16 repetitions on the 185 bench press (measured at the Nike Football Camp.)
PROJECTED POSITION: Cornerback
"When I went on all my trips, I just really liked their campus, their surroundings," said Willie told TheInsiders.com. "It's a place I could see myself spending the next four or five years of my life at. I liked the facilities, I liked the coaching staff.
"I just had a feeling about Oregon. I just knew that was the place I was going to go to school at."
Glasper turned down scholarship offers from Arizona State, California and Washington to choose Oregon.
Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont High School
National Ranking: Not ranked; Rating: 2-stars
James Harris is a very talented athlete who received Honorable Mention All-State Underclass honors his junior year after totaling 1,350 yards receiving and over 2,000 all-purpose yards. PrepStar Magazine tabbed him for All-Region honors in their January, 2004 issue. Harris was slowed his senior year by breaking his collarbone and finger but still managed to register 38.5 yards per catch and six touchdowns despite usually drawing double coverage. James is considered a "sleeper" with a lot of upside potential. Although not possessing the press clippings of other recruits, he fits the physical profile and character of other prototypical college players that Oregon has been so successful uncovering in the past. Expect Harris to be tried on both sides of the ball since the Oregon staff is known to also covet him as a safety prospect.
Harris recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.57 seconds and a 20-Yard Shuttle time of 4.27 seconds at the Nike Football Camp. His vertical jump was 33.4 inches and he was able to bench 22 repetitions of 185 pounds.
PROJECTED POSITION: Wide Receiver, Safety
"When I grew up, it was the jerseys and the helmets - everything was coordinated," James told TheInsiders.com. "I've always wanted to play for Oregon. The facilities are great, they have a great program, are in the Pac-10 and have a great tradition."
Harris chose Oregon over Nevada.
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Pittsburg (Calif.) Pittsburg High School
National Ranking: 76 Rating: 2-Stars
Ra'Shon Harris had a very productive senior year garnering 15 sacks, causing a fumble and recovering a fumble for a touchdown. He also had 25 tackles for a loss and tipped 22 passes. Harris was key player on a Pittsburg team that lost only two games in 2003, both to eventual national champion De La Salle High School. As a result, Harris was honored as a 1st Team All-BVAL defensive selection. The Contra Costa Times also singled out Ra'Shon and rated him #8 for their "Cream of the Crop" All-Bay Area honors. SuperPrep Magazine ranked Harris as the 48th best player in the state of California in their January 2004 All-America issue. Ra'Shon has been described as a potential monster for Oregon's defensive tackle spot in the future.
GPA: 2.8; SAT: 900
Harris ran a 5.12-second forty-yard dash and a 4.45-second shuttle at the Nike Football Camp. He was also able to vertical jump 23 inches and bench press 185 pounds 20 times.
PROJECTED POSITION: Defensive tackle
"I have a good feeling about Oregon," Harris told TheInsiders.com following his visit to Oregon. "Of course it helped that I already knew some of the guys on my visit, but seeing how everybody was reacting to each other ... there was no difference between anybody on the team.
"And with all the coaches, there were 25 guys on that trip and you could tell that there wasn't any favoritism."
Harris received football scholarship offers to also attend Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.
Cerritos (Calif.) Cerritos High School
National Ranking: 54; Rating: 3-Stars THE STATS:
Jacob Hucko is one of the most decorated offensive linemen in the state of California this year having received All-State, All-CIF and league MVP honors. In its preseason magazine, SuperPrep ranked Hucko as the 30th best player in California. In the January, 2004 All-America issue of SuperPrep Hucko held down the 31st spot among California players. PrepStar Magazine also recognized Hucko as an All-American in their January, 2004 edition. Hucko played in last months CaliFlorida All-Star game and projects as an offensive tackle when he arrives in Eugene.
GPA: 3.67; SAT: 1140.
Hucko, drew one of the biggest crowds among players participating at the NorCal Nike Camp. He has a great frame, moves very well for a big man and is stronger than he looks. With his long arms and quick feet, Hucko is already an excellent pass blocker. He clocked a very quick 4.71 in the shuttle, jumped 24 inches in the vertical and did 20 repetitions on the 185-pound bench.
In the one-on-one drills, he was the lineman that stood out as being dominant and had no problems handling some of the better defensive players at the camp. Hucko was a 1st team All-State Underclass selection this past season and has been receiving heavy recruiting interest for some time.
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive Lineman
WHY OREGON? "It was a really good weekend," Hucko reflected to theInsiders.com concerning his January, 2004 visit to Oregon. "The staff there is great and the players are great and everything worked out really well."
Hucko chose Oregon over football scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, Nebraska and Washington.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School
National Ranking: 21, Rating: 3-Starstional Ranking: 21; Rating: 3-Stars
Terrell Jackson had phenomenal senior season statistics. He rushed for 2,664 yards scoring 40 touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson was a Student Sports 2002 Junior All-American after rushing for 2,344 yards and 44 touchdowns. Also caught 25 balls for 422 yards and six touchdowns. Jackson has great natural running back instincts and vision and seems to be able to almost feel where the hole is going to be. He also has great hands coming out of the backfield. Jackson was selected as an Honorable Mention to the Long Beach Telegram 2004 "Best in the West" listing. Terrell was also tabbed 1st Team, All-CIF SS (all divisions) for his play in 2003. SuperPrep Magazine recognized Jackson as an All-American selection and the 15th best running back in the nation in their January 2004 All-America issue. PrepStar Magazine named Jackson an All-American in their January 2004 issue. Jackson is considered the most heralded high school running back to enter Oregon since Ricky Whittle in 1991. In January he played in the prestigious CaliFlorida All-Star game in Moorpark (Calif). He was a Cal-Hi Sports First Team Overall All-State Offense as a junior in 2002. He was the only junior selected along with then senior running backs and now current Pac-10 starters Reggie Bush (USC) and Maurice Drew (UCLA).
In one game, Jackson scored eight touchdowns in an 57-55 overtime win against North (Riverside) in the CIF Southern Section, Division V final.
GPA: 3.0 SAT: 890
Jackson was clocked at the Nike Football Camp running the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.14-seconds. His vertical jump was 31.6 inches and he was able to complete 13 repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench press.
PROJECTED POSITION: Running back
"Oregon has a tradition over the last 10 years of winning," Jackson told TheInsiders.com. "They just need a great RB to take them to the next level. And coach Tedford and Koetter both came from Oregon. So they must be doing something right.
"Coach Bellotti is all about character. He is a real players' coach and all his players love him."
Jackson was also recruited and offered football scholarships by California, Arizona State, North Carolina and Washington.
Springfield (Ore.) Thurston High School
National Ranking: 54; Rating 2-stars
ational Ranking: 54; Rating: 2-stars THE STATS:
A big athlete, Ryan Keeling can play on either side of the ball. He is a true two-sport athlete who also plays basketball. He runs well for an athlete his size and Keeling was a 2003 Midwestern League first-team offensive and defensive player. Ryan played most of the skill positions this season on offense and finished with 26 receptions for 367 yards and six touchdowns. Despite not receiving the accolades that higher profile players enjoy, Keeling was ranked at the top of Oregon's tight end board. SuperPrep Magazine ranked Keeling as the 7th best player in the state of Oregon in its January, 2004 All-America issue.
Keeling is the first Midwestern League player since Mike Belisle (Marshfield, 1996) to give a commitment to the Ducks.
Keeling is also a stalwart of the Colts basketball team as a guard/forward.
GPA: 2.5; SAT: 960
Keeling recorded a 40-Yard Dash time of 4.97 seconds and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.68 seconds at the Nike Football Camp held in Eugene last summer. His Vertical Jump was 27.6 inches and he was able to bench press 185 pounds 16 times.
PROJECTED POSITION: Tight end
"You've got to love the facilities," Keeling told TheInsiders.com. "They are second to none, and the coaches care about the players -- and there's the home-town thing too. My family has had (Oregon) season tickets for seven years."
Keeling also received a football scholarship offer to attend Oregon State and was considering Arizona State, California and Washington State before choosing Oregon.
"I always knew, even when Oregon State was coming on strong, that I would go toward Oregon," Keeling told the Eugene Register-Guard. "I knew it couldn't be beat.
"My parents have been to every single game since I've been born, and I don't want them to miss any games," Keeling said in the same Register-Guard article (11/11/03).
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"I think they're (Oregon) getting the best athlete in the state, " Thurston HS coach Justin Starck said.
"He was very impressed with Oregon State," Starck further told the Register-Guard. "He just thought Coach Riley was a class act and that (OSU assistant coach Greg) Newhouse was a class act. I just think there's not a whole lot they could have done to change his mind."
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School
National Ranking: 15 Rating: 4-Stars
National Ranking: 15; Rating: 4-Stars THE STATS:
Terrance Kelly was a leader on the field last seson for a national high school powerhouse De La Salle helping the Spartans complete a 13-0 season record while amassing the team's 151st straight win. Kelly had 118 tackles on defense and rushed for 1,023 yards on offense and scored 20 touchdowns. He also had three interceptions. During his junior year he recorded 130 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He also had nine receptions for 300 yards. The Long Beach Telegram regarded Kelly as an Honorable Mention selection to their highly publicized 2004 Best in the West listing. SuperPrep Magazine tabbed Kelly an All-American and the 15th best player in the state of California in their January 2004 All-America issue. PrepStar Magazine also listed Kelly as an All-American in their January 2004 issue but interestingly as a tight end. The Contra Costa Times honored Terrance Kelly as their #4 player on their "Cream of the Crop" All-Bay Area list. Last month Terrance ended his high school football career by playing in the prestigious CaliFlorida All-Star game.
"I'm quick to the ball and am aggressive all the time," Kelly told TheInsiders.com during his recruitment. "I go hard and hustle whistle to whistle. I want to bulk up and take on bigger guys better."
GPA: 2.6; ACT: 16; December SAT unreported
STRENGTH: Kelly can bench press 260 pounds and squat 450 pounds. During the Nike camp he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds and the 20-Yard Shuttle in 4.33 seconds. His Vertical Jump was 31.3 inches and he completed 13 repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench press.
PROJECTED POSITION: Safety/Linebacker
"I like the people in the town," said Kelly to TheInsiders.com. "They have a lot of love for the football program at Oregon. I was just walking around the town and I could see the spirit for the school. Everyone was wearing Oregon stuff and people would come up and ask me if I was a football player. There's a lot of respect for the college in the community and it doesn't rain as much there as people think."
Kelly chose Oregon over scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, UCLA and Washington.