Oregon Ducks Recruiting: Why Texas Is the New California

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Oregon Ducks Recruiting: Why Texas Is the New California
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In the good old days B.C. (Before Chip), the Oregon Ducks recruited primarily in California, the Northwest and maybe Hawaii. When the Ducks landed a 3-star prospect from California, it was a huge deal.

How times have changed.

Oregon would occasionally snare a top prospect from somewhere beyond the West, but it was certainly the exception, not the rule. Most of Oregon's past heroes, guys like Joey Harrington, Ahmad Rashad and Dave Wilcox were from the state of Oregon.  

Today, the Ducks are chasing 4 and 5-star kids from faraway places like Georgia (Montravius Adams), Mississippi (Antonio Conner), Pennsylvania (Robert Foster), Florida (Vernon Hargreaves III) and Kentucky (James Quick), among others.

But the most interesting thing about Oregon's recruiting is how powerful the Ducks have become in the state of Texas. There will be six Texans on the Oregon roster this fall, and there were seven in 2011.

Californians still make up the bulk of the Ducks' roster with 45 listed on the 2012 team, compared to 18 Oregonians. But let's look at why Oregon has been so successful recruiting in Texas.

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