Ducks lock up Cerritos Defensive End

Oregon's second verbal commitment of the year came from defensive end Dan Kuykendall, 6-5, 250, Cerritos College (Norwalk, Calif.) Kuykendall, played high school football at Millican High School in Long Beach (Calif.)

After visiting the Oregon campus this last weekend, it didn't take Kuykendall long in deciding where he was going to go to school. He indicated the area surrounding Eugene, the facilities and the coaches were the main reasons why he picked the Ducks. Oregon coaches John Neal and Michael Gray were the main two coaches calling Kuykendall.

"I figured I'd fit in well," said Kuykendall of Oregon. "I like the coaches."

Kuykendall was the object of a lot of attention. Besides the offer from Oregon, Washington (offer), TCU (offer), Nevada (offer), WSU, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Arizona State recruited Kuykendall. Will the big defensive end take any more recruiting trips?

"I made my choice," Kuykendall said emphatically. "I'm a Duck."

He had a medical red-shirt in 2003 for a shoulder injury and because he will graduate in December so he will have two years of eligibility left and he plans to enroll at the University for next winter term.

According to Kuykendall's biography on Cerritos' web site, he was named 1st Team All-Moore League and was selected to his school's weightlifting Hall of Fame, while earning the 4-Year Ram Award and the Captain's Award. He was the second-leading receiver on the team as a senior with 84 yards.

Kuykendall was named to the 605 All-Star game.

In track Kuykendall was named his team's Most Valuable Player, and earned all-league honors in the shot put and advanced as a CIF qualifier.

During his junior year he played a game against Warren High School and had 10 tackles, four sacks, nine quarterback hurries and caught two passes for 56 yards.

He has a cousin currently playing at Fresno State and his younger brother David (16) is now playing at Long Beach Jordan High.

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