Oregon recruiting by state: Arizona

Dion Jordan (left) was signed by the Ducks out of Arizona in 2008 and is now an All-American caliber defensive end. Steve Dykes/Getty Images

One of the more remarkable things about the steady rise the Oregon football program is that its home state is never going to be the place from which they fill their roster with talented recruits.

The Ducks have never had the benefit of loading up on local players who dreamt of being Ducks. The truth is, they never will. The Ducks have always recruited California as good as they can be expected to. In recent years, the Ducks have done a great job of going into states like Texas and Arizona to secure commitments from some of the state's top players.

To continue the series of Oregon's recruiting by state, DuckNation examines the success -- or lack there of -- that the Ducks have experienced when recruiting the state of Arizona over the past decade.

This installment will cover Oregon's latest recruiting hotbed, Arizona. The Ducks have signed a total of eight players from Arizona in the past decade, with all of them signing in 2007 or later. Two of them were junior-college players, both defensive linemen who turned into great finds for the Ducks.



BCS Signees

Arizona: Marcus Thomas

Arizona State: Kyle Caldwell

Washington: Mike Mapu

Overview: The Ducks hosted Caldwell, Thomas and Mapu in the fall of 2002 and heavily pursued Caldwell until the very end. On signing day, the Ducks were unable to sign any of the three players from the state that they offered.


BCS Signees

Arizona State: Myrio Davis, Andrew Pettes, Uriah Marshall

Stanford: Benjamin Muth

UCLA: Justin Hickman

Overview: Of the five BCS signees, only Pettes and Hickman visited Eugene. Pettes took a late visit but committed to ASU the following week. The Ducks were unable to sign any of the players from the state that they offered.


BCS Signees

Arizona: Daniel Borg, Xavier Smith, Terry Longbons

California: Cody Jones

San Diego State: Mekell Wesley

Overview: TE Cody Jones was the only player with an Oregon offer to visit Eugene. The Ducks were unable to sign any of the five players from the state that they offered.


BCS Signees

Arizona State: Jermaine Williams

Overview: The Ducks only offered Williams, a defensive end. Williams signed with Arizona State without visiting Oregon.


BCS Signees

Arizona State: T.J. Simpson

Nebraska: Jaivorio Burkes, William Yancy, Eric Hagg

Oregon: Will Tukuafu

USC: Everson Griffen

West Virginia: Alric Arnett

Overview: Griffen was a top target but signed with USC after visiting Oregon, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame. Arnett and Simpson both visited before signing with West Virginia and Arizona State, respectively. The Ducks found a three-year starter in junior-college transfer Will Tukuafu, who is now in the NFL.


BCS Signees

Arizona State: Gerell Robinson

Oregon: Dion Jordan

Stanford: Harold Bernard

Overview: The Ducks were in the mix until the end for Robinson, a U.S. Army All-American. He eventually signed with Arizona State. Looking back, the Ducks clearly signed the best player in the state, as Jordan is currently an All-American candidate for the Ducks as a senior. He came in as a hybrid wide receiver-tight end and now seems destined for an NFL career as an outside linebacker.


BCS Signees

Arizona: Adam Hall

Arizona State: Corey Adams

Michigan: Taylor Lewan

Oregon State: Markus Wheaton

USC: Devon Kennard

Overview: Hall and Wheaton were the only two to visit Oregon during the cycle. Wheaton was long considered an Oregon lock based on the fact that his cousin Kenny Wheaton made the most famous play in program history, "The Pick." After his recruiters were both fired, Wheaton chose to sign with the rival Beavers. As a senior, Wheaton has exploded and appears headed for an NFL career.


BCS Signees

Arizona: Marquis Flowers, Kyle Benson

Oregon: Nick Rowland, Isaac Remington