2002 Football Signees

eDuck Sports compiled biographical information for the 2002 football recruiting class. 22 players signed National Letters of Intent (NFI) to the University of Oregon. Of this group, five played football last season at the junior college level, three were signees for the 2001 class and the remaining 14 are high school seniors.

Marques Binns CB, 6-0, 170, 4.4 Los Angeles, CA (Dorsey). PrepStar All-American, PacWest #4 CB in the West. Rated the 87th best player out of California, Hawaii and Nevada in the SuperPrep January 15 All-America issue. 1st Team All-State, Los Angeles City Player of the Year, 3* Alliance network ranking. Binns is a speedy cover corner whose stock soared this year while leading his Dorsey team to the L.A. City title this season. Logged over 35 tackles, 19 pass breakups and three interceptions. Also credited with a 10.53 time in the 100 meters. Binns signed with the Ducks over California after originally giving the Bears a verbal commitment.

Andy Collins QB, 6-2, 195, 4.5 Zillah, WA (ZHS) PrepStar HM, NW Nuggets HM, All-State, League MVP, Sleeper who played for a 1A school who some compare to Kellen Clemens. Very mobile 3-year starter who completed 128 of 208 passes (62%) for 2075 yards and 22 TDs. Also rushed for 513 yards and 11 TDs. Three-sport star who won the state triple jump title and was third in both the high jump and javelin last spring. Excellent student with a 3.8 GPA and member of the honor society.

David Dixon CB, 5-10, 170, 4.52 Compton, CA (Palomar CC) C.O.A. All-State, Alliance network 4-star rating, JCFootball.com #71 JUCO play in the country, 1st Team All-Mission Conference-Central Div., Tough cover corner who recorded 7 interceptions in 10 games. Nearly followed his JC coach to SDSU before signing with Oregon.

Aaron Gipson CB/WR, 5-8, 170, 4.5 Alta Loma, CA (Etiwanda) Rated #13 WR by PacWest Football, 4* and #20 DB by the Alliance Network. Rated the 115th best player out of California, Hawaii and Nevada in the SuperPrep January 15 All-America issue. Explosive speedster who excels as a WR, DB and as a kick-returner. Logged 50 tackles and 2 sacks as a senior. Also an excellent point guard on the basketball team. Projects as a cornerback at Oregon.

Robert Hamilton OLB/WR, 6-2, 185, Inglewood, CA (Westchester) Rated 2* by the Alliance Network, 2nd Team All-League, Former basketball star who discovered football as a senior, logging 17 QB sacks on defense and added 15 catches as a WR on offense. Against eventual City Champions Dorsey, recorded an amazing 7 sacks. Also runs the 400 meters for the track team.

Cory Larsen LB, 6-5, 222, 4.75, Gresham, OR (GHS) Originally 2001 recruit who is expected to join the team this year for spring practice. Has grown an inch and added 25 lbs. to his frame since his high school graduation. practice. Has grown an inch and added 25 lbs. To his frame since his high school graduation.

Enoka Lucas OL, 6-4, 290, 5.1 Honolulu, HI (Kamehameha) PrepStar HM, #29 guard by Alliance Network, 1st Team All-State. Rated the 90th best player out of California, Hawaii and Nevada in the SuperPrep January 15 All-America issue. Shows great quickness for a big man. Projects as a center or guard.

Parris Moore DB, 5-11, 170, 4.46 Fountain Valley, CA (FVHS) PrepStar All-Region. Rated the 97th best player out of California, Hawaii and Nevada in the SuperPrep January 15 All-America issue. All-League, impressive 4.27 shuttle and 31" vertical jump. Uncle, Elliott Dunning, played CB for Oregon, 1984-87. Big hitter who recorded 70 tackles as a senior.

JD Nelson RB/DB, 5-11, 185, 4.5 Mountain View, CA (MVHS) Unrated sleeper who rushed for over 1200 yards and 15 TDs this season. Son of former Stanford great and NFL player, Darren Nelson. Projects as a DB.

Haloti Ngata DT, 6-4, 315, 4.78 Salt Lake City, UT (Highland) PrepStar Dream Team, SuperPrep #2 player in the country, PacWest Football #1 DL in the West, #1 defensive tackle in the country by Student Sports, Parade All-America, Utah's Gatorade Player of the Year, named to U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Likely the highest rated prep defensive player that Oregon has ever signed. Devastating pass rusher who recorded 100 tackles and 30 sacks as a senior. The jewel of the 2002 class, Ngata Turned down Nebraska and BYU among other schools to become a Duck.

Shawn PerkinsDL, 6-5, 260, 4.65 Pendleton, OR (PHS) PrepStar All-Region, Rated the 4th best player out of Oregon in the SuperPrep January 15 All-America issue, NW Nuggets Honorable Mention, 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team All-League, Logged 50 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior. Bench presses 315 lbs., squats 400 lbs., vertical jumps 28 inches. Described as a raw talent with explosive speed and a great motor. Also offered by Arizona State, Perkins decided to stay close to home and play for Oregon.

Tate Pittman LB, 6-1, 225, 4.6 Mechanicsville, VA (Scottsdale CC) JCFootball.com #41 JUCO in America, 2nd Team NJCAA All-American. Rated 91st best player in SuperPrep JUCO Top 100. Racked up 118 tackles (80) solo this season. Compared favorably to current Duck LB, David Moretti. Team defensive MVP. Described by his coach as a great player, both on and off the field.

Jermaine Randolph OL, 6-6, 255, 4.8 San Mateo, CA (Serra) 1st Team All-Western Catholic Athletic League, Recorded 50 pancakes as a senior, Diamond in the rough that Oregon is notorious for discovering. Late bloomer with unlimited upside potential. Projects as an offensive tackle at Oregon.

Tarell Richards DB, 5-11, 180, 4.29 Hunter, UT (HHS) Rated PrepStar All-American and ninth best defensive back in the Midlands region. 1st Team All-State, Four year starter who played both QB and DB this season. Passed for 1472 yards and 15 TDs this season. He also rushed for 332 yards and four TDs. On defense recorded 44 tackles and six picks. Tremendous athlete who holds the school long jump record and has recorded a 35" vertical leap. Impressed Duck coaches so much during summer football camp, he was offered a scholarship on the spot. Projects as a defensive back at Oregon.

Darius Sanders TE/DE, 6-5, 240, 4.8, Los Angeles, CA (Lynwood) Unrated sleeper, known mostly for his basketball skills. Achieved first team San Gabriel Valley League honors. Played only one year of high school football, yet was named All-League on both offense and defense. Caught 25 passes for 412 yards and six TDs this year, in addition to 63 tackles and 10 sacks on defense. Also plans to play basketball at Oregon. Sanders chose Oregon over Oregon State.

Junior Siavii DL, 6-5, 335, 4.9, America Somoa (Butte CC) Player who re-signed from the class of 2001.

Chris Solomona DE, 6-5, 285, 5.0 San Pedro, CA (El Camino CC) Rated 10th best player in SuperPrep JUCO Top 100, first-team J.C. Gridwire All-American, Number 6 overall JC prospect by JCFootball.com. 1st Team All-Region IV. Posted 42 unassisted tackles with 27 assists, eight sacks and four deflections, intercepted a pass for a touchdown. Originally committed to Washington out of high school ended up turning down the Huskies this year at the wire to become a Duck.

Kellen Taylor WR, 6-1, 180, 4.4 Fremont, CA (CCSF) Rated 51st best player in SuperPrep JUCO Top 100, #7 JUCO receiver. JCFootball.com #36 player in the country. Caught 41 passes for 620 yards during the regular season. Averaged 28.7 yards per kick off return. Played for undefeated Community College of San Francisco. A burner.

Albert Toeaina OL, 6-5, 339, 5.0 Pittsburg, CA (PHS) PrepStar All-American. Rated the 69th best player out of California, Hawaii and Nevada in the SuperPrep January 15 All-America issue. Chose Oregon in a fierce battle over Washington and Oregon State.

Matt Toeaina FB/LB, 6-2, 230, 4.7 Pago Pago, American Somoa (Samoana) Scholar-Athlete Award Winner in Somoa. Cousin of OL Albert Toeaina, who is also signed with Oregon.

Anthony Trucks OLB, 6-2, 199, 4.5 Antioch, CA (AHS) PrepStar All-Region, 1st Team All-Bay Valley League as both a LB and WR. Despite missing three games with a broken wrist, caught 37 passes for 620 yards and five touchdowns. On defense recorded 75 tackles and 15 sacks from his linebacker spot and was the second leading tackler on his team. Also a track standout. Chose the Ducks over WSU and Nebraska.

Terrence Whitehead ATH, 5-10, 199, 4.5, Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw) Player who re-signed from the class of 2001.


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