Brandon Bair slipped into Eugene under the radar. Mike Bellotti is notorious for finding those hidden gems and this time he mined one from South Fremont High School in little St. Anthony, Idaho. Even though Brandon measures in at 6-7 and 240 pounds and was named 1st Team All-State by the Idaho Statesman newspaper, the talented tight end/defensive end was largely ignored by the recruiting services. Bair is described by his coach as a great run blocker, but still managed to catch 20 passes for more than 260 yards as a senior. On defense he racked up 32 tackles and two quarterback sacks. Bair signed with Oregon over Washington and Boise State.
Lance Broadus, Fast, Physical and Coming to Eugene
Lance Broadus loves competition and has the reputation for saving his best for the big games. Broadus is a punishing linebacker who played for Taft High School in Woodland Hills (CA), leading his team to the CIF L.A. City Section final with a 13-1 record. Lance combines good size at 6-2, 220 pounds with a blistering 4.5 clocking in the forty to roam from sideline to sideline looking for opposing players to hammer. His senior season Broadus recorded 94 tackles and 3 interceptions after being honored 1st Team All-State Underclass as a junior. TheInsiders.com ranks him as the 26th linebacker in the country and rates him as a national Three-Star recruit. In addition, Broadus received many other post season honors including being named an All-American by PrepStar Magazine, All-Region by SuperPrep Magazine, 1st Team "Best of the West" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and was included in the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100". Many big-time football schools offered Lance Broadus a scholarship, but in the end he decommitted from Nebraska to sign with Oregon.
Jordan Carey, Washington State Player of the Year
Jordan Carey is from Capital High School in Olympia, Washington. Carey is a tremendous athlete who played eight different positions on both sides of the ball in high school but probably projects as either a wide receiver or defensive back for Oregon. Following his senior year, he was awarded the Narrows League Bay Division MVP of the year for the second time and was named the state player of the year by the Seattle Times. He was also distinguished as one of seven "Northwest Nuggets" by The News Tribune. As a senior, Carey amassed 2,700 all-purpose yards including 27 touchdowns. He rushed for 1007 yards and caught 51 passes for 889 yards. On defense, he recorded seven interceptions. Carey is ranked as a national Three-Star recruit and the 57th best safety prospect by theInsiders.com and is listed as an All-American wide receiver by PrepStar Magazine. SuperPrep Magazine listed him as an All-American wide receiver ranking him the third highest player in the state of Washington in terms of athletic and academic excellence. At the June 2002 Nike Football Camp Carey measured 5-11 and weighed 193 pounds. He ran the forty-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and recorded a vertical jump of 31.6 inches. Reportedly, Carey carries a 3.6 GPA and is fully qualified for the next level with a 1010 SAT score. According to theInsiders.com Carey also received football scholarship offers to attend Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, Oregon State and Washington.
Dennis Dixon, Top Quarterback Willing to Wait to Play for Oregon.
Dennis Dixon is widely considered to be one of the top ten quarterbacks in the country, yet he decided to sign with Oregon even though he will delay his enrollment (grayshirt) until next winter and count against the class of 2004. The 6-4, 180 pound signal caller is considered by many to have the strongest throwing arm in the west, not to mention excellent 4.59 forty speed, and was invited to the prestigious Student Sport's Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer. As a senior, Dixon completed 162 passes for 2426 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading his San Leandro High School team to a 12-1 record. Their only loss was to national champion De La Salle in the finals. Dixon is rated the #7 quarterback in the country by theInsiders.com and they list him as a Four-Star National recruit. Dennis was honored as a Parade Magazine All-American, is also the #2 ranked player on the Contra Costa Time's "Cream of the Crop" list and was also picked as a 1st Team selection for the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best of the West" honors. If you yearn for more accolades, Dixon was also selected as an All-American by both PrepStar and SuperPrep magazines, named to Student Sport's "Hot 100 football prospects" list and included in the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 list. Dennis had this to say about his decision, "I am going to Oregon with only one purpose and that is to win a National Championship…" Despite interest from top football programs all over the country, in the end Dennis Dixon picked the Ducks over San Diego State, Utah and Washington.
Johnny DuRocher, Everyone's All-American
Johnny DuRocher is considered by many to be the top-recruiting prospect in the state Washington. He was the first recruit to commit to Oregon giving his verbal agreement to join the Ducks on May 29, 2002. One of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever come out of the state, DuRocher was named First Team All SPSL South as a senior and was distinguished as one of seven "Northwest Nuggets" by The News Tribune. During his three-season career DuRocher threw for 6,781 yards and 67 touchdowns while leading Bethel High School in Spanaway Washington to a 34-5 record and three SPSL South titles. DuRocher is ranked as a national three-Star recruit and 34th quarterback by theInsiders.com. DuRocher has received All-American accolades by both PrepStar and SuperPrep magazine. SuperPrep also ranks DuRocher as the 16th best quarterback in the nation and the number one prospect in the state of Washington in order of athletic and academic excellence. He was also honored as the 2002 state Player of the Year by the Tacoma News Tribune and selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl that was held in San Antonio on January 5th. At the May 2002 NorCal Nike Football Camp DuRocher measured 6-4 and weighed 196 pounds. He ran the forty-yard dash on grass in 4.8 seconds and completed a vertical jump of 29.1 inches. Reportedly, DuRocher holds a 3.6 GPA and is fully qualified for college with a 990 SAT score. According to theInsiders.com and other sources, DuRocher also received football scholarship offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
Victor Filipe, Cousins Cut From the Same Cloth – King Sized
Victor Filipe a highly coveted defensive lineman from Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, came home from his Mormon mission deciding that blood was thicker than water by opting to join his cousin, Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, for his college football playing days. Filipe has been described as a "monster" on the field and was singled out twice for All-State honors. As a high school senior he tallied 24 sacks including six in one game. In 2001 Filipe originally signed a letter of intent with BYU after a heated recruiting contest with UCLA. Filipe is listed as a national two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and is expected to enroll at Oregon in time for Spring Football with fours years of eligibility. He is listed as 6-4 and 293 pounds with a forty-yard dash time of 5.0 seconds. According to theInsiders.com he received scholarship offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame and Washington State following his return from his mission.
Ryan Gilliam, Ducks Steal Top Florida Star
Ryan Gilliam loved his official visit to Oregon so much that he returned for an unofficial visit later at his own expense, but nevertheless, nearly everyone expected Ryan to sign with his hometown favorite Florida State. Gilliam likes surprises. In one of the most stunning recruiting reversals in recent Oregon history, star cornerback Ryan Gilliam de-committed from the Noles to migrate across the country to become a Duck. The 5-10, 175 pound Gilliam is so good that he played both ways (CB and WR) in the recent CaliFlorida Bowl, which pitted the best players from the two sunshine states. Ryan can change directions like a cat and runs a blazing 4.37 second 40-yard dash. This season Ryan recorded over 50 tackles, 16 pass breakups and two interceptions while helping Tallahassee's Lincoln High School to a stellar 12-1-1 record. Gilliam is listed as a Four-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and they rank him as the #9 cornerback in the country. Ryan also received All-American recognition from both SuperPrep and PrepStar magazines for his senior season in addition to being named 1st Team All-Area in Florida. Gilliam reportedly received over 50 scholarship offers but when the dust finally settled he signed with Oregon over Florida State.
Jerome Johnson, Big Athlete Ready for the Big time
Jerome Johnson from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles will be joining his friends and former Dorsey teammates Marques Binns and Steven Moore when he becomes a Duck. The talented linebacker and standout tight end earned 1st Team All-League and All-City honors as a senior recording 139 tackles with 21 tackles for losses, 12.5 sacks, six fumbles caused, three fumble recoveries and one interception. He can do it all and many project that Jerome will play the fullback position at Oregon. Johnson is listed as a national Two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and received an All-American designation by PrepStar Magazine. SuperPrep Magazine listed Johnson as an All-Farwest selection ranking him the 119th best prospect in the California, Hawaii and Nevada region in order of athletic and academic excellence. At Nike Footbal Camp Johnson measured 6-0 and weighed 246 pounds. He also completed a vertical jump of 26.6 inches and 23 repetitions at the 185-pound bench press. Reportedly he has a 4.8-second forty-yard dash time and at the Nike Camp he recorded a 4.4-second 20-yard shuttle time. According to theInsiders.com, Johnson also received football scholarship offers from USC, Washington and Wisconsin.
Dan Kause, Sleeper Will Sleep Well at Oregon
Dan Kause is a little known tight end from Servite High School in Anaheim, California. The scouts at the recruiting service, PacWestfootball.com, indicated that they saw Kause at a summer passing league but thought that he was just a junior and therefore didn't include him initially in any recruiting rankings. It turns out that Kause missed most of his junior season due to a thumb injury and was virtually an unknown heading into his senior year. Over the years the Oregon coaches have displayed a knack for identifying and recruiting previously unheralded football players and turning them into outstanding performers. The tight end position in particular appears to be a specialty for Oregon dating back to the likes of Josh Wilcox, Jed Weaver and Justin Peele, all of whom were little known and lightly recruited. After committing to Oregon, Kause did show up as an All-Region selection in PrepStar Magazine. Kause has good size and speed and is a very good blocker. He is listed as measuring 6-4 and weighing 235 pounds. In his senior year he caught 20 passes for 331 yards and one touchdown. Kause is listed as a national Two-Star recruit and the 94th best tight end by theInsiders.com.
Brady Leaf, NFL Prototype Quarterback Can Heave the Javelin 189 Feet
Brady Leaf is the brother of former Washington State standout quarterback Ryan Leaf. Leaf played quarterback for CM Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana. In his senior year he led his team to 11-1 record and the state Class AA championship game which landed him on the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" list. During the year he threw for 3,430 yards and 30 touchdowns, resulting in 1st Team All-State honors. Leaf reportedly has an extremely strong arm and the size to match a prototype NFL quarterback. His outstanding athletic ability enabled him to place 2nd in the state with a javelin toss of 189 feet during his junior year. Leaf is listed as measuring 6-5 and weighing 205 pounds and runs the forty-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. Although Leaf passed over by the recruiting services and only received a national Two-Star rating by theInsiders.com he was also offered scholarships by Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Idaho State and Washington State.
Paul Martinez, Prolific Punter Averages 4.5 Seconds of Hang Time.
Paul Martinez is a kicker and punter from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California. As a senior Martinez kicked 12 field goals with the longest being 48 yards and amassed 80 total points for his team. Oregon will likely try Martinez out immediately at punter following the graduation of starter Jose Arroyo this year. Martinez is listed as measuring 6-1 and weighing 195 pounds and has a 53 yard punt to his credit. SuperPrep Magazine listed Martinez as the second-highest rated kicker in California and as an All-Farwest selection, ranking him the 109th best prospect in the California, Hawaii and Nevada region in order of athletic and academic excellence. Martinez was also selected by the Contra Costa Times for their "Cream of the Crop" honors and was named to the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" list. Reportedly, Martinez holds a 2.5 GPA and is fully qualified for college with a 980 SAT score. He is a national Three-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and was offered scholarships by California, Fresno State, San Diego State and Boise before choosing Oregon.
Marcus Maxwell, Respect All, Fear None
Marcus Maxwell joins the Ducks via Diablo Valley College in California. Maxwell is a tall possession-type receiver his JC coach describes as "fearless." Although last year he was only able to rack up 42 receptions for 601 yards and seven touchdowns, he suffered from circumstances where his team had to field a wide receiver as a quarterback, which limited passing production. Maxwell is a mature personality on and off the field who demonstrates a great sense of humility, never the showboat. He stands 6-3, weighs 200 pounds and reportedly runs a 4.55 second forty-yard dash. He is a national Two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and was offered scholarships by San Diego State and Missouri before choosing Oregon.
Marcus Miller, Freaky Numbers – 6-3, 225, 4.41 Forty
Marcus Miller is linebacker from Cerritos College in California. Miller possesses an excellent frame and the speed to play inside or outside. His coach describes him as a quiet person and hard worker who always gives great effort on the field. Miller measures 6-3, weighs 225 pounds and runs an amazing 4.41 second forty-yard dash. He is definitely one who passes the "look" test as he can bench press 205 pounds and squat 500 pounds. He is a national Three-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and was also offered scholarships by Kansas State, LSU, Marshall and North Carolina.
Brian Paysinger, The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken
Brian Paysinger from Wilson High School in Long Beach, California represents another diamond in the rough that the Oregon program has proven in the past to be so successful mining. In high school, Paysinger was perhaps better known for his track and field and is relatively new to football. He is a sprinter extraordinaire, running the 100 meters in 10.7 seconds and competing in the 100, 200 and 400 meters as well as the long jump. On the gridiron, Paysinger played for a team that largely ran the ball; so more often than not, he found himself blocking downfield from his receiver position. His senior year, his receiving talents were finally allowed to blossom resulting in 58 receptions for over 1000 yards and 12 touchdowns. Paysinger's story is reminiscent of another California receiver who played for the Ducks and later in the NFL, Patrick Johnson. There is a difference however, Johnson stood 5-10 and weighed 180 pounds. Paysinger towers at 6-3, weighs 190 pounds and runs a blistering 4.34 forty and can dunk a basketball with ease. Paysinger's stature represents the prototype receiver for the West coast style offense. His local newspaper did notice him and Paysinger was named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's area Dream Team. He is also a national Two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and was offered scholarships by Arizona State, California, Colorado, Fresno State and Washington State before choosing Oregon.
Dante Rosario, Homegrown Stud Decides for Oregon
Dante Rosario hails from tiny Dayton, Oregon, which is part of the state's 2A sports league. He's what you might call a very big fish in a small pond. It didn't take long for the Oregon coaches to determine that he was the real deal following his MVP performance in the linebacker position as the Oregon Football Camp June 16-20, 2002. As a senior Rosario recorded 144 tackles (75 solo) and 5 interceptions from his safety position and added 1,238 yards rushing from his running back position. This "heat-seeking missile" was honored as the state's 2A Defensive Player of the Year. He also is athletic enough to start in the post position for the state's defending 2A basketball champions. Rosario is ranked as a national Two-Star recruit and 89th linebacker by theInsiders.com. Rosario has received All-Region accolades by PrepStar Magazine. SuperPrep Magazine ranks Rosario as an All-American, the 38th best linebacker in the nation and the number four prospect in the state of Oregon in order of athletic and academic excellence. Dante was also selected by the Tacoma News Tribune for their "Western 100" honors. Rosario is listed as measuring 6-4 and weighing 230 pounds. He is capable of running a fast 4.6-second forty-yard dash and can power clean 250 pounds, bench press 260 pounds and squat 345 pounds. His vertical jump is 33 inches. Reportedly, Rosario holds a 3.4 GPA and is fully qualified for college with an 810 SAT score.
Patrick So'oalo, "Kind of Wide at the Shoulder and Narrow at the Hip and You know You Didn't Give no Lip to..."
Patrick So'oalo represents another player to join the Ducks in recent years from the islands. So'oalo played on the offensive line for Kailua High School in Hawaii and made quite a name for himself doing so. As a senior he was selected 1st Team All-State and All-League. The Star Bulletin ranked him as the 5th best prep prospect in the state. So'oalo has received All-Region accolades by PrepStar Magazine. He measures 6-6, weighs 300 pounds and runs a remarkable 4.90 second forty-yard dash. He is a national Three-Star recruit and the 67th lineman by theInsiders.com. So'oalo was recruited by Hawaii, Utah and Washington State before choosing Oregon.
Garren Strong, Tall and Fast is this Strong Wide Receiver
Garren Strong from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California represents another lightly recruited wide receiver identified by the Duck coaching staff as something special. And, the coaches ought to know as Strong attended the Oregon camp this past summer and was offered a scholarship to attend the school directly following the camp. As a senior he converted 23 catches for 475 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although these numbers don't measure up to other wide receivers coming out of the west, it must be remembered that Strong comes from a high school program that runs the Wing T offense. He was also awarded All-region and League Offensive MVP honors. At the Nike football camp Strong was listed as measuring 6-2.5 and weighing 190 pounds. He runs a 4.6-second forty-yard dash, a 4.37 20-yard shuttle and is able to vertical leap 29.7 inches. After committing to Oregon, Strong did make an appearance in PrepStar Magazine as an All-Region selection and in SuperPrep Magazine as an All-Farwest selection ranking him the 87th best prospect in the California, Hawaii and Nevada region in order of athletic and academic excellence. He is a national Two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and was also offered scholarships by Oregon State and Washington State. Reportedly, Strong holds a 2.9 GPA and is fully qualified for college with an 890 SAT score.
Josh Tschirgi, Quick and Agile Big Man Catches the Coaches' Eyes
Josh Tschirgi is from Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington. Tschirgi distinguished himself as an All-League 4A Honorable Mention selection and was the Greater St. Helens League and Area Lineman of the Year. During his senior year, seven different running backs ran for over 100 yards behind him. At the June 2002 Nike Football Camp Tschirgi measured 6-4 and weighed 261 pounds but since then he has reportedly bulked up to an imposing 280 pounds. He ran the forty-yard dash in 5.2 seconds and remarkably the 20-yard shuttle in 4.49 second. He also recorded a vertical jump of 23 inches and completed 23 repetitions of the 185-pound bench press. A relative unknown to most recruiting services, after committing to Oregon Tschirgi did show up as an All-Region selection in PrepStar Magazine and as an All-Farwest selection in SuperPrep Magazine ranking him the 9th best prospect in the state of Washington in order of athletic and academic excellence. He is a national two-Star recruit and the 122nd lineman by theInsiders.com and was also offered scholarships by Portland State, Montana, Idaho State and Idaho.
A.J. Tuitele, Bluechipper Doesn't Waste Time in Deciding For Oregon
A.J. Tuitele from Banning High School in Wilmington, California gave his verbal commitment to the Ducks early in June 2002. Following an outstanding junior season, the standout safety was attracting a lot of attention from Pac-10 Conference schools as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska before cutting everyone off short with his announcement for Oregon. His decision surprised his high school coach who thought he was a lock for USC. The Trojans reportedly continued to recruit Tuitele through October 2002. As a high school junior Tuitele recorded 1,245 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns and received All-State underclassmen honors. Tuitele is highly regarded as a fierce competitor and tremendous hitter as evidenced during practices for the fourth annual CaliForida Bowl game. Tuitele is ranked as a national Three-Star recruit and the 27th defensive back by theInsiders.com. Tuitele received All-American accolades from PrepStar Magazine and SuperPrep Magazine ranked him as an All Farwest selection and the 21st best prospect in the California, Hawaii and Nevada region in order of athletic and academic excellence. A.J. was also selected by the Tacoma News Tribune for their "Western 100" honors. Tuitele is listed as measuring 6-0 and weighing 215 pounds with a forty-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds. He reportedly has a 3.1 GPA.
Kyle Weatherspoon, Ducks Sign Surprise Speedster
Kyle Weatherspoon is this year's biggest recruiting surprise. After transferring from Paramount High School to Lynwood for his senior year, Weatherspoon discovered that he was ineligible to play football due to transfer regulations. Fortunately for him, the Oregon coaching staff remembered him from his junior year at Paramount when he caught 28 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns on a team that mostly ran the ball. At last summer's heavily attended Nike Camp, held on the USC campus, the 6-1, 182 pound speedster recorded the second fastest forty time of the day with a 4.37 clocking. It is currently unknown what other colleges recruited Kyle Weatherspoon.
Marc Walker, Junior College Burner Adds Depth to Duck Secondary
Marc Walker played cornerback for San Francisco Community College, a team that led the state in team and passing defense. According to his coach, Walker has great vertical speed in the 4.0-4.5-second range and was a significant contributor to the team's defensive success. He is a national One-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and was listed in PrepStar Magazine as a Top 125 JUCO selection. Walker is a national Three-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and is listed as measuring 6-0 and weighing 190 pounds and reportedly also received a scholarship offer to attend California before choosing Oregon.
Eddie Whitaker, Another Tight End to Groom for the NFL
Eddie Whitaker hails from LA Valley Community College. He is noted for having excellent blocking skills and footwork. Although his team was unable to get him the ball to show off his receiving abilities, Whitaker has the hands to make a statement in the pass-happy Pac-10 Conference. As a prep player at Cleveland High School in Reseda, California, Whitaker led his team to the conference championship in his senior season. The position he played: quarterback. He is a national Three-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and is listed as measuring 6-4 and weighing 240 pounds. Reportedly, Whitaker had also received interest from Maryland and Nebraska before choosing Oregon.
Ramond White, Ducks Mine Nevada for White
Ramond White is from Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. He is a tremendous athlete who also plays summer league basketball. White has only played organized football for a couple of years and is considered to have a very promising upside once he gets to Oregon. As a senior he made second team All-Sunset Region as a linebacker. He is a national Two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com and is listed as measuring 6-4 and weighing 225 pounds. White runs a 4.5-second forty-yard dash, vertical jumps 36 inches and benches and squats 300 and 400 pounds respectively. His teammate, Mitch Platt, will also be joining the Ducks as a hoopster. White is ranked as a national Two-Star recruit by theInsiders.com. Reportedly, White had also received offers to attend Oregon State and San Diego before choosing Oregon.
Rodney Woods, Second Guess or Second Chance
Many questions surround Rodney Woods' off the field behavior, but there is no doubt concerning his abilities on the field. Originally from Littlerock High School in Fresno, California, Woods was arrested and convicted of assault during at a high school party. Another student died as result of the altercation at the party but not at the hands of Woods. After serving less than a year in jail, Woods has moved on with his life to become a model citizen and a very prolific football player. During each of his two years at Fresno City College Woods was named JC Football All-American at the cornerback position and two-time 1st Team All-League. He has lock-down cornerback skills and is an outstanding athlete who is also quite capable in track and field. Woods measures 5-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He runs a 4.5 second forty-yard dash and is ranked a national Three Star recruit by theInsiders.com. Woods recorded 58 tackles and 3 interceptions during his sophomore season and is also a standout punt returner. In order to receive a scholarship from Ducks, Woods must get his felony assault conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. His court date is set for February 28, 2003.