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Pac-12 Football Recruiting: The 10 Best Recruits to Come out of Oregon During the Internet Era

Thomas Tyner and Isaac Seumalo are two of the best players to ever come out of Oregon.


The next installment of our look at the top recruits to ever come out of the various states of the Pac-12 region during the Internet age heads onto Oregon.

  1. Thomas Tyner RB Class of 2013 - Beaverton - Aloha - Oregon

A two hundred-plus pound running back with near Olympic-level speed, Tyner was one of the best players in the class of 2013 and had out of this world production in high school as he put up numbers that looked like they came from a video game. He committed to Oregon very early and has the potential to become the best running back to ever play at Oregon.

  1. Isaac Seumalo G Class of 2012 - Corvallis - Oregon State

The son of the Beavers' offensive line coach, Seumalo was as polished as an offensive lineman coming out of high school as you will ever see. Savvy, big and strong, Seumalo was arguably the best guard in the class of 2012 and was maybe the highest-rated prospect ever signed by the Beavers. Seumalo started at center for the Beavers as a true freshman in 2012 and made honorable mention All-Conference and is one of the best young linemen in the Pac-12.

  1. Curtis White DE Class of 2010 - Eugene - Sheldon - Oregon

White was a big, athletic defensive end and one of the best prospects to ever come out of the city of Eugene. It was no surprised that White decided to stay home and play for the Ducks, but unfortunately he battled injuries early in his career and sadly had to retire from football before he ever really got a chance to make an impact.

  1. Ethan Johnson DE Class of 2008 - Portland - Lincoln - Notre Dame

Johnson was another big, athletic defensive end from the state of Oregon that already had NFL size coming out of high school. He was big, athletic and had a great motor, so it was no surprise that big time schools headed into Portland to recruit him with Notre Dame eventually prying him off of the West Coast. Johnson ended up being a good and versatile defensive lineman who was a standout for the Irish and though he wasn't drafted, made the Chiefs as a free agent.

  1. Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE Class of 2010 - Portland - Douglas - UCLA

There was a brief period there where it seemed like the state of Oregon had five-star defensive ends growing on trees. Odighizuwa was an incredibly fast end who could fly off the ball and get at the quarterback and was recruited by almost every school in the country before signing with UCLA. Odighizuwa has played well and consistently during his first three years at UCLA and will compete for a starting spot as a senior in 2013.

  1. Ndamukong Suh DT Class of 2005 - Portland - Grant - Nebraska

It's interesting to think that there have been three defensive linemen that were arguable more highly-rated than Suh coming out of high school, but Suh was only a four-star recruit in Rivals' and Scout's rankings. The potential for Suh to become an All-American was clearly there though as he ran a sub-5.0 forty at 6'5 275 and was a national recruit. Suh seemed to be interested in not sticking around the West Coast and ended up singing with a Nebraska program that was kind of middling at the time. As we all know, Suh went on to become one of the greatest defensive linemen in college football history and is now a star in the NFL.

  1. Colt Lyerla LB Class of 2011 - Hillsboro - Oregon

One of the best "big" athletes to ever come out of the Northwest, Lyerla was a freak athlete who could have played a number of positions coming out of high school. Lyerla flirted with the LA schools a little bit, but ultimately ended signing with the Ducks. Now going into his third year at Oregon, Lyerla is one of the best tight ends in the conference and has the potential to be a first round draft pick.

  1. Kevin Riley QB Class of 2006 - Beaverton - Cal

Riley was a big-armed, though slight, quarterback who had great accuracy and savvy and was one of the top quarterbacks out West in 2006. Riley didn't have a ton of national offers, but the fact that he committed to Cal fairly early in the process might have had something to do with that. Riley battled injuries at Cal, but started regularly from his sophomore season on and put up solid numbers for decent Cal teams.

  1. Myles Wade DT Class of 2007 - Portland - Central Catholic

Wade actually kind of looked like he might be the next Suh as a big, defensive tackle out of Portland that ran a sub 5.0 40. Wade drew some national attention, but committed to Oregon early. Wade committed to Oregon but didn't make it in and ended up at a junior college before going to Texas Tech and then a year at Portland State where he excelled. He has gone on to make some NFL teams as a free agent.

  1. Tyson Coleman S Class of 2011 - Lake Oswego Oregon

A two-way star at powerhouse Lake Oswego, Coleman had great size for a safety in high school paired with good speed. Coleman couldn't have been a national recruit, but committed to Oregon more than a year before signing day so he was locked up as early as possible. Coleman has seen some time already at Oregon and is hoping to emerge as a starting linebacker for the Ducks in 2013.

Others Considered

David Faaeteete DT Class of 2004 (Medford -North-Oregon), Brayden Kearsley G Class of 2013 (Beaverton-Aloha-BYU), Joe Newton TE Class of 2002 (Roseburg-Oregon State), Brennan Scarlett DE Class of 2011 (Portland-Central Catholic-Cal), Evan Voeller T Class of 2013 (West Linn-Oregon)