The Ducks did well and batted over .500 in terms of gaining and losing verbal commitments, which of course are not binding anyway. The biggest gain was Salt Lake City prep defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (Notta) who de-committed from Nebraska and BYU and chose Oregon. The biggest loss was Long Beach Poly running back, Hershel Dennis, who sincerely wanted to become a Duck and was going to sign up to two hours before his press conference, but opted for USC because of his mother's desire for him to stay close to home. One of the top 3 high school linemen in the West (according to Student Sports), Albert Toeaina of Pittsburg, CA was coveted dearly by Washington and OSU but chose the Ducks along with his cousin Matt, a fullback. His signing along with J.C. defensive lineman, Chris Solomona, who like Albert had verballed to the Huskies, were major coups for the Green and Yellow. A last minute loss was offensive lineman Chaz White from Arizona who had verballed to Oregon, but chose to stay closer to home. The following players reportedly made switches to the Ducks: Cornerback David Dixon (San Diego State), cornerback Marques Binns (Cal), linebacker Anthony Trucks (WSU). In almost all the cases of players mentioned above (including Ngata who in December told his high school coach he was not going to Oregon and was going to cancel his trip), just getting a visit was the key. When they compared Oregon to the other programs the Ducks won out.
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