U.S. Air Force Academy (Colo.) Air Academy High School
National Ranking: 128; Rating 2-stars
Jeff Kendall was tabbed 2nd team offense for the Colorado All-State 4A squad for 2003. Jeff has also been invited to play in the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game this summer for the South Team. He was also named to the Denver Post's Best of the Best 4A Honorable Mention.
Rated at the top of Oregon's board to play the center position, Neal Zoumboukos told Kendall that he'd come in and compete at center to start with. "And if you know how Oregon's line play works, if you're a center you better know how to play left and right guard too," Kendall told TheInsiders.com. "He told me the only thing I need to bring next year is effort. He can't coach that."
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive line
Jeff roomed with Terrell Jackson and his player-host was Shawn Perkins. "Shawn really made me feel like one of the guys," said Kendall. "I know he's supposed to do that, but it really felt like a family atmosphere there. That's just how it is.
The highlight of the visit came early for Kendall. "I got there a little earlier than everybody else, so we had lunch and then went to go pick up the other recruits," he said. "And then we came back and got there just when the team was finishing up practice in Autzen (Stadium).
"Just walking into Autzen...that was the biggest highlight for me, by far."
Arizona State, Air Force and Colorado State also extended offers to Kendall.
Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel High School
National Ranking: 12 Rating: 4-Starsational Ranking: 12; Rating: 4-stars
Aaron Klovas was selected as first team All-SPSL South in 2002 and 2003 and was considered by many to be the top offensive lineman in the Northwest if not the west coast. He was named to Ron Siegel's senior pre-season all-state squad and was also tabbed the top offensive lineman at the 2003 Seattle Nike Football Camp. He was also included in the Seattle Times' 2003 All-State team. The Tacoma News Tribune named Klovas to their 2003 All-Area and All-State football teams and then laid more accolades at his feet by recognizing him as one of six players to be included in the famed 2004 Northwest Nuggets list. The USA Today selected Klovas to their 2003 All-USA High School Football First Team. The Long Beach Telegram included Klovas as one of the top 20 players in their highly regarded 2004 Best in the West roster. SuperPrep Magazine distinguished Klovas as an Elite 50 player and an All-American ranking him as the 5th best offensive lineman in the nation in their January, 2004 All-America issue. PrepStar selected Klovas to their Top 100 Dream Team and ranked him the 10th best offensive lineman in the nation in their January 2004 issue. Klovas' credentials also include pass blocking for Oregon freshman quarterback Johnny DuRocher as a junior in 2002. And finally, Aaron Klovas played for the West in the nation's premier high school football all-star game, the U.S. Army All-American bowl on January 3rd.
GPA: 3.3; SAT: 910
Klovas can bench press 285 pounds, squat 405 pounds and power clean 255 pounds.
Klovas has the strength and agility to play anywhere along the offensive line, but will probably play tackle. It is his desire to redshirt his first year while gaining even more muscle mass and then contribute as a four-year starter.
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive lineman
"I just thought it was the best fit for me, academically and athletically," Klovas told TheInsiders.com of his decision to commit to Oregon.
The highlight of his visit may have been his Saturday-morning academic breakfast. "I had a breakfast with the head of the business department," Klovas said. "I know that school is important but I hadn't really given it a lot of thought as to what I actually want to do in school for my future and they probably gave me more to think about than at any time before. It was awesome."
Klovas turned down football scholarship offers from every Pac-10 Conference school except USC, plus Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Oklahoma in order to become a Duck.
Arroyo Grande (Calif.) Arroyo Grande High School
National Ranking: NR
Even though Mark Lewis was named an All-League PAC-5 offensive lineman, he is considered a "sleeper" who was under everyone's radar when he committed to Oregon in August after visiting the Eugene campus. It probably didn't hurt that Mark's offensive line coach was Scott Shepard, who played for Oregon in the early eighties. Curiously, Lewis was not listed in the PrepStar preseason publication but then after committing to Oregon he emerged in the January 2004 issue as an All-Region selection. Lewis is a very versatile athlete. He played center for his high school basketball team, and competed in the shot put and discus for the track team. Perhaps most remarkable is the fact that although Lewis was recruited by Oregon to play offensive guard, he also played tight end, fullback and wide receiver for his high school team. Throwing the shot put also requires quick feet and Lewis is better known for his track and field exploits than football. He was a USA Track and Field All-American in 2003. Last May, Lewis won the shot put event at the CIF-SS Master's Track and Field Meet with a toss of 59'-7.75" to add to his All-CIF and All-State honors. Lewis has a big frame and will likely redshirt his first year while trying to bulk up to about 300 pounds while also continuing his track and field career at Oregon.
GPA: 3.27; SAT: 1050
Mark Lewis is credited with a impressive 5.0 seconds timing in the forty and has recorded a 29" vertical jumps. Lewis can bench press 330 pounds and squats 535 pounds.
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive Guard
"We had some down time because of CIF so we (his family) went to visit USC, UClA and Oregon," said Lewis. "It (Oregon) felt really homey."
Lewis was also recruited by California, Oregon State and Washington.
HS COACH QUOTE:
Jon Huss said this to the Times-Press Recorder about Mark Lewis. "He was an excellent player. He's a big, long-levered kid, " Huss said. "For two years, he was the type of competitor that would have his best games against the toughest opponents."
Lineman Banks (Ore.) Banks HS
National Ranking: 35; Rating 3-stars
Cole was named to the first team all-state 3A (Oregonian) as a junior and was named to TheInsiders.com Northwest Hot 100 and Pac-10 Hot 100 for the class of 2004. He was 2003 Cowapa League Defensive Player of the Year, as well as first-team offense and defense. His older brother Josh is a player for Oregon State.
His decision was between Oregon and Oregon State and he gave a verbal commitment on January 13, 2004.
His 40-yard dash time is 5.12 seconds and his 20-yard shuttle time is 4.60 seconds He has a Vertical Jump of 25.3 inches and had 17 repetitions on the 185-pound bench press.
PROJECTED POSITION: Defensive Tackle/End
"I committed this morning," an excited Linehan told TheInsiders.com. Cole is rated as the 9th-best player in TheInsiders.com Northwest Hot 100, and the last player, outside of Hawaii DT Randy Faletoi, to commit from the top-20.
"I tried Coach (Mike) Bellotti, but he wasn't around. I knew I had to get this done, so I got a hold of Coach Greatwood at about 8:30 to tell him. He was pumped.
"I was ready to do it. I had thought last night about it, but my Mom told me I should sleep on it, being so close after my Oregon State visit and all. So I did, but I knew where I wanted to go. I talked to my coach and mapped out all the pluses and minuses, and once I took out the emotional part of it, the family part of it, Oregon was a very easy choice for me to make."
Corona (Calif.) Centennial HS
National Ranking: 37; Ranking: 3-stars
His final senior season's statistics for a team that was 10-4 was impressive. He had 203 tackles, three interceptions and three quarterback sacks. Had 172 tackles as a junior to earn All-CIF honors.
"I'm really aggressive and intense and am more of a leader on the field this year. I just played harder this year. I'm really fast and run to the ball well. I'm always moving and got real good instincts."
STRENGTH: He has a bench press of 315 pounds and squats 465 pounds. At the Nike camp he recorded a time of 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.00 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, 31.3 inches in the Vertical Jump and 16 repetitions in the 185-pound bench press.
PROJECTED POSITION: Linebacker
It was unbelievable," Phipps said. "My relationship with the coaches was really what sealed the deal. Coach (John) Neal was the one recruiting me and Coach (Don) Pellum is my position coach but I really hit it off with all the coaches there, even the offensive coaches.
"Obviously everyone already knows about the facilities and they were incredible. The game atmosphere (at Autzen Stadium) and how crazy the crowd gets, was awesome. I've been to games at the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl but nothing can compare to watching a game at Oregon. You're right on top of the field and it gets so loud in there it was just amazing.
"I'm very excited about my decision. Oregon is where I wanted to go since the beginning of the season and they just offered me about a month ago. In the summer, I was thinking if they would have offered me, I would have committed on the spot but I'm glad I was able to take a visit to Colorado and then to Oregon. Those are two great schools and San Diego State and Arizona were also high on my list. Oregon just had everything I was looking for and was the best fit for me."
Orem (UT.) Timpanogos High School
National Ranking: Not Ranked; Rating: 2-stars
Thor Pili had a huge junior season totaling 105 tackles, 15 quarterbacks sacks and two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. He also saw time at tight end and caught 17 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns. During his senior campaign, Pili recorded over 300 yards receiving from his tight end position and chalked up 88 tackles, 17 sacks and one interception on defense. SuperPrep Magazine recognized Pili as an All-American ranking him the 25th best defensive lineman in the country and the 10th best player in the 11-state Midlands region in their January 2004 All-America issue. PrepStar Magazine ranked Pili as an All-Region selection in their January 2004 issue.
"I'm a great pass rusher. I have good speed off the line. I'm tall and have good reach to the ball."
GPA: 3.8; ACT: 19
Pili is able to perform a 280-pound bench press and a 380-pound squat.
PROJECTED POSITION: Defensive end
"In the end, I felt that Oregon was a better fit for me," Pili told TotalBlueSports.com of TheInsiders.com minutes after communicating his decision to both his finalist schools, Oregon and Utah. "Coach Bellotti said he was really happy I'm coming and said that I'll have the best five years there at Oregon."
In addition to Utah, Pili also received scholarship offers to attend Arizona State, Nebraska, BYU and Kentucky.
Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades Charter High School
National Ranking: 88, Rating: 3-Stars
"I'm a good pass blocker and I use my size and footwork to handle people well," Schwartz told TheInsiders during his recruitment. "I move my feet well and have good hands. I play basketball so I'm not able to hit the gym as much as I'd like. I need to be stronger which would help my drive blocking especially." SuperPrep Magazine recognized Schwartz as the 76th best player in California in their January 2004 All-America issue. PrepStar Magazine ranked Schwartz an All-Region player at offensive lineman in their January 2004 issue. Geoff was also selected to play in the CaliFlorida All-Star game last month in Moorpark (Calif) where he lined up next to another future Duck slated for the offensive line, Jacob Hucko.
Schwartz also plays center for the PaliHi basketball team and pitches on the baseball team.
GPA: 3.4; ACT: 27
Schwartz recorded a 5.28-second 40-yard dash and a 4.80-second 20-yard shuttle at the Nike Football Camp this past summer. His vertical jump was 22.4 inches.
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive tackle
"I thought that throughout (the recruiting process) they (Oregon) were a great program and even though they offered me in the summer they never pressured me once into making an early commitment," Schwartz told TheInsiders.com. "I liked that."
Although Schwartz's parents are UCLA alumni, and he has attended several games at the Rose Bowl over the years, he selected Oregon over scholarship offers from the Bruins and Arizona. Schwartz only lives a few miles from UCLA campus yet decided on Oregon. Some of the Oregon faithful may remember an offensive tackle named Bryce Bohlander from Salem who spurned the Ducks in favor of the Bruins in 1999. Schwartz's decision is a reminder that turnabout is fair play.
Geoff Schwartz reportedly picked Oregon over offers from Arizona and UCLA.
Mike Bellotti electing to stay as head coach at Oregon was a key factor in Schwartz's decision. "They've been there a long time," Schwartz told the Palisadian-Post of the Ducks' coaching staff. "They're an established program and they always win. I like the coaches and the environment up there."
ing Back Portland (Ore.) Jefferson High School
National Ranking: 49 Rating: 3-Stars
ational Ranking: 49 Rating; 3-Stars THE STATS:
T.R. Smith, given name Darrell, was awarded First-Team All-PIL as a junior in 2002. Although Smith played quarterback for his high school team he was recruited as an athlete at the next level. Smith really began to turn some heads at the Nike Football Camp held in Eugene last summer where he was evaluated not only to be the top receiver but the fastest player at the camp clocking a 4.49-second 40-yard dash. Not only is Smith a leader on the field, he is very elusive and a big-time playmaker. He is considered by many to be the most exciting player in the Oregon PIL. SuperPrep Magazine named Smith an All-American in their January 2004 All-America issue ranking him the 3rd best player in Oregon and the 9th best skill athlete in the country. PrepStar Magazine ranked Smith an All-region wide receiver selection in their January 2004 issue. The Tacoma News Tribune named Smith an Honorable Mention selection to their coveted 2004 Northwest Nuggets list.
GPA:2.8; SAT: 680 (retake unreported)
In addition to running a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Nike Football Camp, Smith also was able to run a 4.29 shuttle, complete a vertical jump of 30.3 inches and bench press 185 pounds 19 times. Smith is as strong as he looks. He is capable of a 315 pound bench press and a 400 pound squat.
PROJECTED POSITION: Running Back, athlete
"When I committed to Oregon State (in August), I really didn't have any other options, so other schools stopped calling me and recruiting me," Smith told TheInsiders.com. "But Oregon came on late and offered me, so I had a decision to make. I went on visits to both schools and then was in the position of looking at the likes and dislikes of both schools. I had to look at things like playing time and where I could play the earliest. And I also had to think about the coaches that I was going to be around for the next four or five years and I just felt more comfortable at Oregon. I now know where I want to be. I'm going to sign a letter of intent with Oregon."
In addition to the football scholarship offer Smith received from Oregon State, he received recruiting interest from California, Idaho, Washington and Washington State.
Kamuela (Hawaii) Hawaii Preparatory Academy
National Ranking: 125 Rating: 2-Stars
Max Unger is a talented lineman on both sides of the ball. He had close to 100 pancake blocks as a junior. This resulted in Unger being singled out for 1st Team All-BIIF on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2002. Behind Unger's blocking, running back Brad Lau set the BIIF single season rushing record with 1,810 yards in ten games. Again in 2003 Max was tabbed for the All-BIIF 1st Team as an offensive tackle. Unger was also selected for 2nd Team All-State honors for both his junior and senior years by the Honolulu Advertiser for his excellence on the offensive line. His position coach at Hawaii Prep Academy was former University of Washington All-American center Bern Brostek. A versatile athlete, Max Unger started at center on his high school basketball team and average in double figures in both scoring and rebounding his junior and senior years. Unger was Oregon's top offensive guard target this year.
Considered the best player on his championship high school team he is considered to be an excellent pass blocker who can really move his feet well for his size. Unger also plays "smart" and is a very hard worker.
PROJECTED POSITION: Offensive Guard
Unger was offered a football scholarship to attend Oregon State and was recruited by California and USC.
HS COACH QUOTE:
Tom Goodspeed said this about Unger to the Tribune-Herald, "He's got size, speed and quickness. He's got a great attitude and he hustles. He's got footwork and that's what makes a good lineman. Whenever we needed yards, we ran behind him."
Culver City (Calif.) Culver City Senior High School
National Ranking: 6 Rating: 3-Stars (as a tight end)
Jaison Williams is one of the premier big receivers in the region. In his senior season Williams had 22 receptions for 488 yards and five touchdowns for a run-dominant offense. He also logged 12 carries for 211 yards and five touchdowns. As a result, Jaison was awarded 1st Team All-CIF honors for Division X. Williams has clocked 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters, practically a superhuman feat for a person 6-4 in height and weighing 215 pounds. SuperPrep Magazine named Williams an All-American in their January 2004 All-America issue ranking him the 22nd best player in California and the 27th best receiver in the country. PrepStar Magazine ranked Williams an All-region wide receiver selection in their January 2004 issue. Williams also received votes in the highly regarded 2004 "Best in the West" listing by the Long Beach Press Telegram.
GPA: 2.5; SAT: 850
Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds at the Nike Football Camp. He also completed a vertical jump of 27.1 inches and recorded ten repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench press.
PROJECTED POSITION: Wide Receiver
"I can't really describe it except everything was just perfect," Williams told TheInsiders.com describing his visit to Oregon. "From the great facilities, to the people at Oregon, the type of offense they have, the fan support, the need for a big receiver, everything. Not only that, I actually want to work for Nike someday, always have, and their head quarters is right there so it's just too perfect to say no to." "I talked it (his decision to commit to Oregon) over with my mom and my coach and decided it was the best place for me," Williams told TheInsiders.com Michigan site GoBlueWolverine.com. "I want to be a shoe designer for Nike. What better place to get into that than at Oregon, where I can get a sports marketing degree and where Nike has its headquarters."
Williams only other visit this year was to Michigan, and he said to GoBlueWolverine.com while the people and the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium was great, the Oregon fans were better. "They just really love their team through thick and thin," he said. "I mean you can tell they do at Michigan too, but at Oregon is was something else, it was a lot of fun, that's the kind of environment I want to be in."
Williams chose Oregon over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas State, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC and West Virginia.