QB's Shine At Stanford

On a beautiful Saturday, 570 high school football players jammed the Stanford practice fields to participate in this year's NorCal Nike Camp. College coaches from around the country flocked to Palo Alto to take advantage of the current evaluation period and clearly the star attraction was a handful of talented quarterbacks

Oregon usually doesn't offer a lot of prospects early, but no less than three quarterbacks with current scholarship offers from Mike Bellotti participated at Saturday's camp. Those three Elite 11 candidates are Kyle Wright, Dennis Dixon and Johnny DuRocher and all are among the top rated QB's in the country. Another, Sam Keller was also impressive and the Ducks are the only west coast team he lists among his final five favorites. Michigan, Illinois and Kansas State have already offered Keller, who is probably a top twenty prospect, so an Oregon offer may not be far behind.

It is difficult to separate these four since all are about 6'-4", demonstrate excellent footwork, are polished, and can make the tough throws. Danville's Kyle Wright is the biggest name of the group after passing for over 3000 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, but Oregon is a long shot for his services since he is leaning hard toward USC and Tennessee. Dennis Dixon from San Leandro (Ca.) has the strongest arm of the bunch and has been known to rifle passes a staggering 80 yards in the air. This Randall Cunningham clone will be attending the Nike Camp in Eugene in two weeks and plans to take a close look at Oregon's facilities during the visit. Johnny DuRocher is the top quarterback in the Northwest (Spanaway, Wa.) this year and his initial interest has been directed toward football powers Washington and Oregon. Other schools that DuRocher likes in the west are ASU, UCLA, Stanford and Cal appears poised to push into the mix.

Signing a blue-chip quarterback is a top priority for Oregon's class of 2003. Not surprisingly, Mike Bellotti and Andy Ludwig spent much of their time watching the quarterback drills on Saturday. It is difficult to imagine that they could go wrong with any of these guys.

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