Ducks Announce Football Signing Class for 2001
Feb. 7, 2001
2001 University of Oregon Football Signees
Jose Arroyo, P, 5-11, 185, Van Nuys, Calif. (Pasadena City College/VNHS)
David Martin, LB, 5-11, 199, Clayton, Calif. (Los Medanos College/De La Salle)
Courtney Miller, CB, 6-1, 189, St. Louis, Mo. (Fort Scott CC/Hazelwood East)
Junior Siavii, DT, 6-5, 335, American Somoa (Butte College)
Darrell Wright, DE, 6-3, 235, Ft. Pierce, Fla. (Reedley College/Port St. Lucie)
Justin Andrews, LB, 6-2, 206, San Pedro, Calif. (SPHS)
Nuvraj Bassi, DL, 6-6, 242, Surrey, British Columbia (North Delta)
Randall Bowen, DL, 6-2, 288, Compton, Calif. (Dominguez)
Kellen Clemens, QB, 6-2, 193, Burns, Ore. (BHS)
Tim Day, DL/TE, 6-3, 248, Las Vegas, Nev. (Western)
Phillip Goodman, ATH, 6-2, 208, Vallejo, Calif. (VHS)
Devan Long, DL, 6-3, 236, Anacortes, Wash. (AHS)
A.J. Mitz, DL, 6-3, 250, Renton, Wash. (Kentwood)
Jason Mohamed, OL, 6-3, 261, Rialto, Calif. (Fontana)
Justin Phinisee, CB, 5-11, 178, Downey, Calif. (DHS)
Ramone Reed, LB, 6-2, 190, Richmond, Calif. (Berkeley)
Ian Reynoso, OL, 6-4, 277, Seal Beach, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
Demetrius Spates, CB, 5-11, 185, Oceanside, Calif. (El Camino)
Robby Valenzuela, DL, 6-1, 277, Manteca, Calif. (Grace M. Davis)
Demetrius Williams, WR, 6-1, 162, Pittsburg, Calif. (De La Salle)
Mike Willis, WR, 5-11, 155, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly)
Roderkus Wright, DL, 6-4, 250, San Diego, Calif. (SDHS)
Defensive Line: 9
Defensive Backs: 3
Offensive Line: 2
Wide Receivers: 2
Tight Ends: 1*
America Somoa: 1
British Columbia: 1
*Represents player who could play offense or defense
2001 University of Oregon Football Signee Profiles
JOSE ARROYO, Punter
Last season's first-team all-Mission Conference (North Division) punter doubled as the school's long-range field goal threat in addition to holding down duties as the Lancers' top punter for the past two years. Averaged 37.5 yards per punt while downing 14 of his 38 tries inside the 20-yard line, including a long of 70 yards. Added 60 punts for a 35.6-yard average his freshman year, with seven of his kicks landing inside the 10. Earned conference player-of-the-week honors eight times during his two-year tenure in addition to recording five special teams tackles. Was called upon to convert 14 of 17 PATs and five field goals during his junior college stint, tying a school record with a 48-yard three-pointer (to go along with his 41-yard FG) in last year's season-opening win over Saddleback College. Also handled all of the Lancers' kickoff duties, successfully completing on-side kicks on four occasions. Attracted all-city and all- conference attention his final year at Van Nuys High School in 1998, averaging 39.2 yards per punt while converting 13 of 17 field goals.
DAVID MARTIN, Linebacker
The Mustangs' two-time MVP garnered all-Empire League and all-Region I accolades during the 1999 and 2000 seasons for a squad which finished last year with a 5-6 ledger. Posted 59 unassisted tackles among his team-high 91 stops as a sophomore despite missing three games, after accumulating 137 tackles his freshman campaign. Also added two fumble recoveries and returned a pair of interceptions for 36 yards a year ago, gathering in seven errant aerials and forcing five fumbles during his two-year stint. In addition, recorded five tackles for losses and seven quarterback sacks last season for a defense which finished among the state's top-20 against the run (116.2 avg.). Possessed the versatility which allowed him to line up as a safety, cornerback or outside linebacker during the course of his junior college tenure in addition to possessing tremendous discipline on the field, committing no penalties all of last year. A product of the prep dynasty at De La Salle High School, he played a major role in helping the program remain undefeated while claiming a trio of state championships his final three years.
COURTNEY MILLER, Cornerback
Earned second-team all-Kansas Jayhawk Conference acclaim in his lone campaign at Fort Scott in 2000 after transferring from the University of Illinois following one season. Completed last year with 10.5 tackles and one tackle for loss while leading the Greyhounds with eight passes broken up. Also contributed five punt returns for 38 yards and ran back one kickoff for 30 yards. Turned in his best performance of the year in a season-ending playoff loss to Butler County, grading out above 90 percent for a team which ended the year with a 6-4 record. Signed out of high school as a quarterback at Hazelwood East High School before redshirting the 1999 year in Champaign, Ill., to sharpen his skills in the defensive secondary. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch all-state prep pick utilized tremendous natural athletic talents to pass for 977 yards and run for 461 in his lone year at quarterback after rushing for 1,436 yards as a running back his sophomore and junior seasons.
JUNIOR SIAVII, Defensive Tackle
Garnered first-team all-NorCal Conference honors in his lone season at Butte after transferring from Dixie College following his freshman year. Registered 58 tackles and nine quarterback sacks as a nose tackle for the Roadrunners, who finished the year with a 9-2 record and ranked fourth in the entire state. Was instrumental in the school's 38-14 Holiday Bowl win over Yuma. Served as a catalyst for program which ranked third in the state in total defense (189.9 avg.) while allowing only 217 rushing yards in 10 games. Described as an athletic aggressor who utilized his natural strength to control the line of scrimmage.
DARRELL WRIGHT, Defensive End
Wasted little in making an immediate impact in his lone year at the Reedley, Calif., school, accumulating first-team All-America accolades by both J.C. Grid-Wire as well as the California Community College Football Coaches Association. The unanimous all-Valley Conference honoree and league defensive MVP excelled as a pass rushing specialist, posting a school-record 17.5 quarterback sacks among his 49 tackles. Also forced one fumble and returned another loose ball for a touchdown in addition to accounting for 28 quarterback hurries. Anchored a defensive unit which ranked 11th in the state in fewest rushing yards allowed during the regular season (85.5 avg.), pacing the Tigers to a 7-4 record. The second-place league finisher completed the year ranked ninth in the state's Northern Division with a 44-38 win over San Joaquin Delta in the Merced Elks Bowl. Transferred following one season at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Junior College after originally signing a letter-of-intent at Louisville.
JUSTIN ANDREWS, Linebacker
The two-year starter acquired first-team all-Marine League honors his junior and senior seasons as a defensive end standout in addition to picking up first-team all-city kudos a year ago. Accumulated 47 of his 90 tackles unassisted in 2000 while adding five quarterbacks sacks and a pair of pass deflections. Also secured seven catches for 225 yards and four touchdowns from his tight end slot, including a 53-yard reception. His athletic skills epitomized by averaging 27.0 yards on 12 kickoff returns (324 yards) for the Pirates, who put together a 19-7 ledger over the past two seasons while falling in the city championship semifinals on both occasions.
NUVRAJ BASSI, Defensive Line
Proved to be an overpowering force on both sides of the ball for the Huskies, starting as a tight end and defensive end during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns while breaking into the starting rotation as a defender since his sophomore season. Last year's team captain earned all-Western Conference honors at both positions while acquiring defensive all-British Columbia Province acclaim. Hauled in four touchdowns for a program which ran the ball better than 60 percent of the time, finishing last season with a 9-2 record and a loss in the playoff semifinals. Considered to be a fierce blocker who possesses the psyche to succeed in the interior offensive line.
RANDALL BOWEN, Defensive Line
The all-CIF defender garnered Best in the West honorable mention by the Long Beach Press-Telegram in addition to being projected as one of the top seven prep defensive linemen in the Western Region by PrepStar. Also tabbed as one of the nation's top 24 prep interior defensive linemen by Student Sports. Recorded 41 unassisted tackles and 63 assists for the Dons, who accumulated 8-4 ledgers each of his last two seasons. Also registered 12 quarterback sacks among his 26 tackles for losses a year ago en route to claiming all-San Gabriel Valley laurels on both offense and defense his junior and senior seasons. The L.A. Times' all-city defensive stalwart also averaged six pancake blocks per game as an offensive tackle. Possesses dominating qualities of speed, strength and quickness that could be of immediate help as he has bench pressed 425 pounds on a regular basis to match his 680-pound squat. Has been invited to play in this summer's California-Florida all-star game.
KELLEN CLEMENS, Quarterback
One of the most decorated players on the West Coast reigned as the only player in the state to attract Parade All-America attention in addition to being ranked as the third-best prep quarterback in the country by PrepStar. The USA Today All-American and Oregon Gatorade Player-of-the-Year also amassed seven of 10 votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West list in addition to Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets inclusion. Completed 218 of 395 passes for 3,226 yards and 37 touchdowns his senior year in addition to rushing for 325 yards and 15 more scores. Achieving first-team all-state acclaim by The Oregonian on defense as well, he collected 63 tackles (49 unassisted) and 12 interceptons as a safety his final prep year after finishing his junior campaign with 11 picks. The three-time first-team all-Greater Oregon League standout led the Highlanders to a 31-7 ledger over the course of his prep tenure while carrying his team to the state championship game in 1999 and the state semifinals in `00. Closed his high school career throwing for 8,647 yards(610-1,112) and 102 TDs the past three seasons.
TIM DAY, Defensive Line/Tight End
The two-year starter and team captain excelled as a defensive end and tight end for the Warriors a year ago after starring as an offensive guard during the `99 season. The first-team Southern Nevada all-league choice pulled down two catches for touchdowns as a senior in addition to recording 12 QB sacks. Possessed the great hands to loom as a reliable receiving target get characterized as the best blocking tight end in school history. Defensively, depended on speed and quickness to chase ball carriers down from behind while roaming from sideline to sideline.
PHILLIP GOODMAN, Athlete
Demonstrated all the natural athletic skills in high school to develop into a physical receiving threat at the Division I level despite hauling in only 26 catches as a prep standout. Projected as one of the top 10 receivers in the Western Region by PrepStar in addition to earning second-team accolades on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West list, also gained recognition as one of the 10 best athletes on the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 ledger. Working out of a double-wing offense, ran for 830 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games a year ago. Also started one game at quarterback for the Apaches as a senior after beginning his sophomore season there. The two-time all-Monticello Empire League pick converted five of last year's 10 catches into scores in addition to returning two punts and one kickoff for TDs in 2000. Also doubled as a safety during his junior year, adding 104 tackles (79 unassisted) and seven interceptions to his 16 receptions for 269 yards and one score. Has been invited to participate in this summer's California-Florida all-star game.
DEVAN LONG, Defensive Line
The three-year letterman and two-year starter garnered first-team all-Northwest League acclaim as a wingback and inside linebacker his senior season after garnering honorable mention defensive end honors in 1999. The Seahawks' defensive player of the year accumulated 40 solo tackles and 26 assists to complement his three quarterback sacks, and scored touchdowns from one fumble recovery and an interception return. Offensively, carried the ball 21 times for 261 yards a year ago (12.4-yard avg.) while catching eight passes for 80 yards. Added 31 tackles and six QB traps behind the line of scrimmage as a junior. Utilized his outstanding athletic ability to aid team to a 6-3 record his final prep season after helping compile a 7-4 mark the previous campaign. Selected to play in the state's all-star game in June.
A.J. MITZ, Defensive Line
Helped Conquerors reach the state semifinals as a nose tackle the last two years after migrating from Fort Pierce, Fla., scoring first-team all-state acclaim by the Associated Press and Seattle Times. The two-time all-South Puget Sound League choice and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 honoree relied on tremendous upper body strength and speed to develop into prime run stopper despite facing constant double teams, yet displayed natural athletic skills to tempt prep coaches to place him at fullback or tight end. The son of former Seattle Seahawks stalwart Alonzo Mitz converted one fumble and an interception into defensive scores his final year for a program that suffered lone `99 setback in the state championship tilt (13-1) and included two forfeits among last year's 10-3 slate.
JASON MOHAMED, Offensive Lineman
The two-time all-Citrus Belt League offensive tackle secured honors as the Steelers' most valuable offensive lineman for a program which featured the running game. Also earned all-San Bernardino County kudos as well as all-state honorable mention acclaim by Student Sports for squads which combined for a 12-9 mark his final two years. Described by high school coaches as hard working aggressor who possesses the solid footwork that should allow him to flourish in a system that stresses mobility among its offensive front.
JUSTIN PHINISEE, Cornerback
Thrived as an all-around athletic standout to become program's first Pac-10 signee directly out of high school in 14 years, earning second-team all-state accolades as a multi-purpose threat by Student Sports and first-team Dream Team status by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The two-time all-CIF Division II choice and San Gabriel Valley League offensive MVP rushed for 866 yards (6.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns as the Vikings' leading scorer as a quarterback a year ago, in addition to throwing for 738 yards (28-60) and six TDs. The three-year starter also averaged 26.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns and 9.1 yards per punt runback for a 12-1 squad which suffered its lone 2000 setback in the division semifinals. Started as a wide receiver and defensive back as a sophomore before converting to quarterback the next year, yet still managed to return a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns and intercept three passes his junior campaign.
RAMONE REED, Linebacker
Garnered acclaim on both sides of the football for the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League co-championships, receiving praise as an honorable mention all-state linebacker by Student Sports while recognized as the top running back in the Bay Area by the Contra Costa Times' Cream of the Crop poll.
IAN REYNOSO, Offensive Lineman
The two-time first-team all-Orange County prospect and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team honoree is projected as one of the Western Region's top 11 prep offensive linemen by PrepStar magazine. The Sunset League's offensive lineman of the year started all 24 games the past two years at tackle for a program which combined for a 20-4 ledger. Possessing the persona that thrives on self-motivation, works overtime to seek constant improvement despite his high level of proficiency. Has manned all offensive line outposts except center during his prep career, enduring a seven-game stretch without allowing a quarterback sack as a junior. Speed and mobility remain his biggest assets for the Griffins, who have excelled at throwing the football, yet maintains the mentality to become physical in the trenches as indicated by his340-pound bench press.
DEMETRIUS SPATES, Cornerback
Transformed outstanding athletic skills to become the first sophomore ever to start at quarterback in prep head coach Herb Meyer's 42-year head coaching tenure, coverting from cornerback four games into his first season. Development resulted in his earning of Avocado League offensive player-of-the-year honors a year ago in one of the state's most competitive conferences. Ran the option to near perfection while guiding the Wildcats to the 1999 CIF San Diego Section Division I title with an unblemished 13-0 record, helping the program rack up over 4,700 yards of total offense. Personally accounted for 897 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground his senior season in addition to 1,142 yards and seven scores passing for an offensive attack which generated in excess of 5,000 yards. Included was a long run of 99 yards and a pass of 84 for a tradition-rich program which won more games than any other in the county in the decade of the `90s. Carried squad to a 10-3 record and a loss in the divisional semifinals a year ago.
ROBBY VALENZUELA, Defensive Line
The Stanislaus District player of the year was recognized as one of the most dominant defensive linemen on the West Coast following his junior year and didn't disprove those expectations in his final prep season. Received All-America mention by Student Sports as well as first-team all-state acclaim by Cal-Hi Sports as a senior, registering 102 tackles and nine quarterback sacks in 2000. The Central California Conference MVP and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 honoree also returned his lone interception for a touchdown. Looming as the Spartans' lone returning starter from the 1999 season's 11-2 finish, he placed all of his individual plaudits behind him to help the team claim a second conference championship last year with a 9-3 slate. Attracted second-team all-state accommodation as a junior after posting 117 tackles and nine QB sacks. Judged to possess an intense desire to excel along with a relentless pursuit of the football, he is slated to take part in this summer's California-Florida all-star game.
DEMETRIUS WILLIAMS, Wide Receiver
The SuperPrep All-American not only ranks among the top recruits in this year's class in the state, his status as a unanimous Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West selection represents the Ducks' first such signee since the list was first put together 25 years ago. Accumulated 34 catches for 829 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year in addition to returning one punt into the end zone. The two-year starter at both wide receiver and cornerback was named one of the top four seniors in the Bay Area by the Contra Costa Times (Cream of the Crop) and one of the top 22 prospects in the west by the Las Vegas Sun (Super 11). The two-way Bay Valley Athletic League honoree and second-team all-state choice excelled for the program voted No. 1 in the country by USA Today two of the past three years as the Spartans extended their winning streak to 113 straight games.
MIKE WILLIS, Wide Receiver
Unable to attract as much attention as others with comparable talents due to spending only one season in the Poly system, yet evaluators impressed with his 4.3 speed and rapidly developing physical skills. Accumulated 24 catches for 480 yards and five touchdowns as one of Jackrabbits' three receivers to be granted Division I football scholarships. Yet separated himself from the rest as the one utilized as a deep threat from a program which threw for almost 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns a year ago. Also returned one punt for a score a year ago for the school which captured its second consecutive Southern Section Division I title in as many years with a perfect 14-0 slate. Claimed first-team all-Moore League plaudits after transferring from Lakewood High School prior to his final season, with his junior year cut short due to a knee injury. Characterized as possessing soft hands which aids his proficiency as a punt returner, in addition to all the mandatory traits needed to complete his 'big-play' potential.
RODERKUS WRIGHT, Defensive Line
Quickly adapted to moving across the country, as well as limited exposure to the game, to earn Harbor League defensive player-of-the-year accolades and all-San Diego County tribute in his lone football campaign on the West Coast. Accumulated 29 quarterback sacks and 61 tackles for loss among his 127 tackles to add San Diego Hall of Champion Player-of-the-Year honors to his resume. Opted not to play football in 1999 after migrating from North Carolina following his sophomore season. Considered to be extremely adept at rushing the quarterback for the Cavers due to his explosive speed.