Oregon Football: Power Ranking the Ducks' 5 Best Classes of the BCS Era

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Oregon Football: Power Ranking the Ducks' 5 Best Classes of the BCS Era
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The Oregon Ducks elevated their program from an up-and-coming program to one of the elite in college football during the BCS era and look to continue to build as the playoff era has finally arrived.

Most programs sustain their success by recruiting elite athletes year in and year out. The Oregon program went from being unable to keep the top players from inside its own borders to stay home to landing elite athletes from Ohio, Texas and Florida.

While the location and weather will likely keep Oregon from ever being a recruiting powerhouse, the Ducks have used their flashy style and their state-of-the-art facilities to make a name for themselves on the recruiting trail. Of course, winning 56 games since the 2008 season doesn't hurt their recruiting efforts either.

The Ducks have steadily risen in the recruiting charts through the years, and here we look back on the best recruiting hauls for Oregon during the BCS era.

Without further delay, here are the best of those classes...

Note: Criteria for ranking these classes are based primarily on the individual's contribution to the team's success, individual performance while in college and, to a lesser extent, his career as a professional.

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