Signing party pics

Wednesday, was a big day for many young men and their families and friends throughout the country. Signing day parties were held for to celebrate the formal decision that is the first step in launching prospective student-athlete's football careers. <br><br> Photographs of two parties were sent in so that eDuckers too could enjoy the festivities.

Brian Truelove, (Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.) and his family gather for a photo after he made his formal commitment to the University of Oregon. Truelove, 6-2, 278 was described by Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti, as "a very, very strong".

Truelove had 46 tackles, three sacks, and eight tackles for loss on a team that finished 9-2 for the season.

Running back Jonathan Stewart shares a picture with his friend and neighbor Charles Trakel. Stewart, the No. 1 ranked running back in the nation signed his letter of intent to the Oregon at his high school, Timberline of Olympia, Wash.

Stewart rewrote the record book for Washington high school football. "Snoop" ended up with 7,757 yards and 95 touchdowns for his high school career. As a senior, he rushed for 2,278 yards and 30 scores. His honors include, first team Parade All-American and top running back in the country by Parade Magazine, PrepStar Magazine's Dream Team and top running back nationally, first team Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West", starter at the U.S. Army All-American game and 2004 Northwest Nuggets.

(Above) Truelove with his dad Ben (seated left) will head for Oregon next summer as the Ducks prepare for their opener against Houston on Sept. 1st. The Ducks are hoping to rebound from a disappointing 5-6 record in the 2004 campaign and Bellotti indicated yesterday in a media conference held at the Casanova Center in Eugene that the Ducks filled their critical needs in the 2005 recruiting class.

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