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LaMichael James was one of the key pieces to the Ducks' 2008 recruiting class.
How they ranked
247Sports.com had Oregon as the No. 21 class in the country and No. 5 in the Pac-10.
Scout.com had Oregon signing the No. 23 class nationally and No. 5 in the Pac-10.
Rivals.com had Oregon ranked as the No. 19 class overall and No. 3 in the Pac-10.
When you combine the fact that the Ducks made a major splash by heading east to sign talented athletes outside of their normal recruiting grounds with the usual sleepers that have helped build the Oregon program from the ground up, this class is as good as it gets.
The Ducks reached across the country to flip LeGarrette Blount from Florida State and convinced RB LaMichael James, QB Darron Thomas and highly regarded Chris Harper to pass on playing close to home in order to join the rising program in Eugene.
Add all the wins, the newfound recruiting prowess and the overall team and individual success together, and this looks to be the Ducks' most important class to date.
Thomas broke a number of school records, James won the Doak Walker Award, Kenjon Barner was a Heisman Trophy candidate as a senior and Blount has been a success in the NFL.
John Boyett stepped in as an injury replacement during his freshman season and didn't give up his spot. LB Josh Kaddu came in lightly regarded but turned into an NFL player.
Dion Jordan signed with the Ducks as a wide receiver, switched to tight end and ultimately switched to OLB/DE, where he would become the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
LB Kiko Alonso got off to a slow start but finished very strong, earning a Rose Bowl MVP Award. Alonso was recently awarded the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Other significant contributors in this class were QB Jeremiah Masoli, DT Blake Ferras, LB Dewitt Stuckey and OL Nick Cody.
The only misses in this class came by way of transfer or dismissal. QB-turned-WR Chris Harper transferred to Kansas State and TE Mychal Rivera transferred to Tennessee. Masoli and WR Garrett Embry were both dismissed from the team after legal issues.
While it wasn't perfect and there were some regrettable mistakes on and off the field, the 2008 recruiting class proved to be the best class for the Ducks in the BCS era.
Masoli led them to the first Rose Bowl in 15 years, Thomas stepped in and led them to a berth in the national championship game, then followed it up by leading the Ducks over Russell Wilson and Wisconsin to earn their first Rose Bowl win since 1917.
James, Barner and Blount were all in the NFL playoffs this season. Jordan became the No. 3 pick in the draft and Alonso was the top rookie in the NFL in 2013.
It is hard to argue the success that this class had in college, and the list of post-college accomplishments looks as if it will continue to grow.
With so much talent and so much success, the 2008 class rates as Oregon's best in the BCS era and probably its best ever.