Football Signing Day!
Feb. 6, 2002
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON 2002 FOOTBALL SIGNEES
David Dixon, DB, 5-9, 166, Compton, Calif. (Palomar College)
Tate Pittman, LB, 6-0, 226, Mechanicsville, Va. (Scottsdale CC)
Junior Siavii, DL, 6-5, 335, American Samoa (Butte College)
Chris Solomona, DL, 6-5, 278, San Pedro, Calif. (El Camino College)
Kellen Taylor, WR, 6-0, 180, San Jose, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)
Marques Binns, DB, 5-10, 153, Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey)
Andy Collins, QB, 6-1, 197, Zillah, Wash. (ZHS)
Aaron Gipson, DB, 5-8, 170, Alta Loma, Calif. (Etiwanda)
Robert Hamilton, LB, 6-2, 195, Inglewood, Calif. (Westchester)
Cory Larsen, LB, 6-5, 222, Gresham, Ore. (GHS)
Enoka Lucas, OL, 6-4, 287, Honolulu, Hawaii (Kamehameha)
Parris Moore, DB, 5-11, 173, Santa Ana, Calif. (Fountain Valley)
J.D. Nelson, ATH, 5-11, 186, Mountain View, Calif. (MVHS)
Haloti Ngata, DL, 6-4, 324, Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland)
Shawn Perkins, DL, 6-5, 258, Pendleton, Ore. (PHS)
Jermaine Randolph, OL, 6-5, 251, Fremont, Calif. (Serra)
Tarell Richards, DB, 5-10, 176, West Valley City, Utah (Hunter)
Darius Sanders, TE, 6-5, 228, Los Angeles, Calif. (Lynwood)
Albert Toeaina, OL, 6-4, 345, Antioch, Calif. (Pittsburg)
Matt Toeaina, RB, 6-2, 225, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Samoana)
Anthony Trucks, ATH, 6-1, 197, Antioch, Calif. (AHS)
Terrence Whitehead, ATH, 5-10, 199, Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw)
By PositionDefensive Backs 5Defensive Line 4Linebackers 3Athletes 3Offensive Line 3Running Backs 1Wide Receivers 1Quarterbacks 1Tight Ends 1
By PlatoonOffense 7Defense 12Athletes 3
By StateCalifornia 13Oregon 2Utah 2American Samoa 2Hawaii 1Virginia 1Washington 1
DAVID DIXON, Defensive Back
5-9, 166, Jr., Compton, Calif. (Palomar College)
The first-team all-Mission Conference standout was tabbed by JCFootball.com as one of the top 100 junior college prospects in the country after tying for fourth in the state with seven interceptions (49 yards) for a squad which advanced to last year's junior college national championship finals. Captured first-team all-California Community College honors as well as Region IV defensive player-of-the-year acclaim for 10-2 divisional champions, who ranked third in the state in total defense (230.9 avg.).
TATE PITTMAN, Linebacker
6-0, 226, Jr., Mechanicsville, Va. (Scottsdale Community College)
The two-year starter acquired first-team Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and all-region acclaim last year for the Artichokes, who capped the 2001 season with a 6-5 record and Valley of the Sun bowl appearance vs. Garden City (Kan.) JC. Tallied 80 unassisted tackles among his 118 stops as a sophomore in addition to recording five tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks to rank among the nation's top 100 junior college prospects by SuperPrep magazine. Nominated as one of the region's three top players, the team captain and defensive MVP added three fumble recoveries and one interception to go along with his trio of forced fumbles. Described as an intense athlete who is constantly on the move, adding second-team all-conference honors as a junior college newcomer in 2000.
JUNIOR SIAVII, Defensive Lineman
6-5, 335, Jr., American Samoa (Butte College)
Garnered first-team all-NorCal Conference honors in his lone year at Butteduring the 2000 season after transferring from Dixie College following hisfreshman campaign. Registered 58 tackles and nine quarterback sacks as a nosetackle for the Roadrunners, who finished the year with a 9-2 record and rankedfourth in the entire state. Was instrumental in the school's 38-14 Holiday Bowlwin over Yuma. Served as a catalyst for program which ranked third in the statein total defense (189.9 avg.) while allowing only 217 rushing yards in 10games. Described as an athletic aggressor who utilized his natural strength tocontrol the line of scrimmage two years ago before sitting out last season.
CHRIS SOLOMONA, Defensive Lineman
6-5, 278, Jr., San Pedro, Calif. (El Camino College)
Tabbed as the nation's third-best junior college defensive lineman by SuperPrep magazine as well as the No. 6 overall JC prospect by JCFootball. com, played a key role for team which ranked among the top-20 in the state in rushing defense (110.8 avg.). The first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American posted 42 unassisted tackles along with 27 assists last fall for a program which ended the year with a 4-6 record. Also added 28 quarterback hurries, eight sacks and four deflections to his 2001 resume while recovering three fumbles and forcing three others. The team MVP intercepted one pass for a touchdown early in the year which secured a last-second win over Palomar. Possessing all the physical intangibles as well as the passion for the game needed to become a dominating presence at the Division I level, the Warriors' two-year starter and last year's team captain attracted first-team all-Region IV acclaim following his sophomore season.
KELLEN TAYLOR, Wide Receiver
6-0, 180, Jr., San Jose, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)
Ranked as the seventh-best junior college receiver in the country and the 51st most-promising JC prospect overall by SuperPrep magazine after accumulating 41 catches for 620 yards and five scores during last fall's regular season. Excelled among team's deep receiving corp which ranked 10th in the state in total offense (457.5 avg.), with California's top-ranked program finishing a perfect 12-0 campaign with a 61-12 win in the Hyundai California Community College Championship. Also ranked 11th in the state JC ranks in kickoff returns (28.7 avg.) his freshman year while maximizing one return for a score.
MARQUES BINNS, Defensive Back
5-10, 153, Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey)
One of the top defensive back prospects in the Farwest according to SuperPrep magazine as well as ranked as one of the top 20 cornerbacks in the nation by Student Sports, was credited with 35 tackles and three interceptions as a prep senior. The L.A. City Section Player of the Year and Tacoma News Tribune Western One Hundred recipient also accumulated 30 receptions for 590 yards and nine touchdowns as a wide receiver. The all-state and all-city speedster earned reputation as outstanding cover cornerback while breaking up 19 passes. Described as an instinctive playmaker who relies on solid technique for a squad which finished the year claiming the Los Angeles city title with a 10-3 record.
ANDY COLLINS, Quarterback
6-1, 197, Zillah, Wash. (ZHS)
Considered one of the year's best quarterback prospects in Washington and claimed honorable mention all-region honors by PrepStar magazine despite playing for 1A squad. Earned first-team all-state (Associated Press), South Central Athletic Conference MVP and Tacoma News Tribune's Northwest Nuggets honorable mention kudos following his senior year, throwing for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also ran for another 577 yards and accounted for 32 total TDs while seldom playing more than three quarters per game. Included were 305 passing yards and three-touchdown effort vs. White Swan. Suffering only 14 sacks all year, he maximized his efficiency by throwing only three interceptions while completing 64 percent of his pass attempts during 2001 campaign. The three-year starter and two-time first-team all-league choice accumulated 4,676 career passing yards for the Leopards, who advanced to the last fall's state semifinals with a 12-1 ledger before losing to eventual state champion Colfax.
AARON GIPSON, Defensive Back
5-8, 170, Alta Loma, Calif. (Etiwanda)
Excelled as a playmaker on both sides of the football, utilizing blazing speed to accumulate 14 touchdowns on offense, to earn a spot among the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 elite. Contributed 50 tackles and pair of quarterback sacks to go along with 500 yards rushing for a squad which posted a 5-6 record his senior season. Maintains demeanor conducive to Ducks' aggressive man-to-man style of defensive coverages.
ROBERT HAMILTON, Linebacker
6-2, 195, Inglewood, Calif. (Westchester)
The former prep basketball stalwart flourished the latter half of his senior season after the wide receiver assumed duties as a physically imposing defensive end. Accumulated 17ï¿½ quarterback sacks among his 30 tackles to garner second-team all-Western League acclaim in only his second year of organized football. Added 15 catches for 230 yards and four touchdowns to his totals his final season after sporting two scores as an offensive reserve in 2000. Yet it was his burning desire to become a bigger contributor on the gridiron which led to the discovery of his untapped potential on the defensive side of the ball, finishing the year with seven QB sacks against eventual city champion Dorsey in the sectional playoffs. Proved to be a tremendous find for the three-time CIF sectional winners, who finished the fall with a 9-2 ledger. Cast aside basketball aspirations this winter to improve speed as the school's top middle-distance specialist and 400-meter runner.
CORY LARSEN, Linebacker
6-5, 222, Gresham, Ore. (GHS)
Garnered Mt. Hood League defensive player-of-the-year honors as well as second-team all-state acclaim as a defensive back following his final prep season in 2000. Grabbed 29 receptions for 544 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to three interceptions for the Gophers, who finished with a 6-4 record. The two-time all-league choice also earned honorable mention all-state recognition on offense two years ago, with the three-year letterman and senior captain returning five kicks for touchdowns over the course of his high school career. Broke into the prep ranks as a quarterback his freshman and sophomore seasons before physical superiority and athletic prowess allowed him to create mismatches as a tight end his final campaign. Has grown an inch and added 25 pounds to frame since his high school graduation.ï¿½2002 Oregon Football Signees
ENOKA LUCAS, Offensive Lineman
6-4, 287, Honolulu, Hawaii (Kamehameha)
Received honorable mention all-region honors from PrepStar magazine while named to the Tacoma News Tribune's Western One Hundred list. The Warriors' first-team all-state offensive guard (Honolulu Advertiser) provided much of the running room for the Interscholastic League offensive player of the year, who paced the conference in rushing and scoring. Fits in the mold of previous Oregon offensive line recruits, possessing quick feet and sound technique which enhances skills as both a pass and run blocker.
PARRIS MOORE, Defensive Back
5-11, 173, Santa Ana, Calif. (Fountain Valley)
Lauded as one of the top 100 prep prospects in the Farwest region by SuperPrep magazine, accumulated 70 unassisted tackles and five tackles for loss his senior year. Also deflected four passes and posted one interception on the defensive side of the ball in addition to rushing for 610 yards and five touchdowns on offense. The all-league pick and Coach's Award recipient possesses good speed and great instincts for the game while not shying away from contact.
J.D. NELSON, Athlete
5-11, 186, Mountain View, Calif. (MVHS)
Team's offensive MVP rushed for better than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in addition accumulating over 300 yards in receptions. Also nabbed two interceptions from his defensive outpost. Received El Camino back of the year accolades in addition to being named to the Midwest Peninsula all-star team.
HALOTI NGATA, Defensive Lineman
6-4, 324, Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland)
Ranked as the top defensive prep product in the nation by SuperPrep magazine and PrepStar, as well as the No. 1 interior lineman in the country by Student Sports, combining amazing quickness and aggression to record over 100 tackles and 30 quarterback sacks his senior year. The Parade magazine and USA Today first-team All-American drew rave reviews at last summer's Nike Camp (Texas) as the state of Utah's Gatorade player of the year. Proved to be a dominating force as a three-year starter for the Rams, helping lead school to a 12-2 mark and a berth for the state championship as a junior before advancing to the state quarterfinals his final season. Highland High School's defensive lineman of the year and 2001 team captain also earned all-state recognition as an offensive guard.
SHAWN PERKINS, Defensive Lineman
6-5, 258, Pendleton, Ore. (Pendleton)
The second-team all-state defensive lineman (Oregonian) earned first-team all-Intermountain League accolades on both offense and defense as a prep senior after receiving first-team all-conference defensive kudos his junior year. Yet tabbed as one of the state's top defensive line prospects by SuperPrep magazine and drew regional acclaim from PrepStar after accumulating 11 quarterback sacks among his 50 tackles as a prep senior. The two-year starter and 2001 team defensive MVP established the school's weight lifting records for the Buckaroos, who advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 10-2 record last fall. Relies on solid speed and quickness yet benefits from a frame and work ethic which should allow him to become a physical presence in the near future.
JERMAINE RANDOLPH, Offensive Lineman
6-5, 251, Fremont, Calif. (Serra)
A lack of playing time from his junior year hampered the first-team all-West Catholic Athletic League from attracting more attention, yet progress from his final season served notice of his tremendous potential. Became the Padres' primary offensive line stalwart for a program which accumulated a 6-4 record his final year, with team making a habit of running behind him in short-yardage situations. Recorded 47 pancake blocks in 10 games and was vital for program which averaged 200 yards rushing per game. Yet natural athletic skills made him a natural pass blocker as he didn't any quarterback sacks for a team which averaged 20 pass attempts per outing. His outstanding quickness and agility accentuated by his presence as a middle blocker on the school's volleyball team.
TARELL RICHARDS, Defensive Back
5-10, 176, West Valley City, Utah (Hunter)
Started all 34 games of his prep tenure at quarterback, establishing school's single-season and career passing records for a program traditionally tied to moving the ball on the ground. Accumulated 3,393 yards passing , 54 touchdowns and close to 1,000 rushing yards as a three-year starter for teams which advanced to the state playoffs each season. Threw for over 1,500 yards as a senior while Wolverines rushed for 4,071 yards en route to a 6-5 record and a loss in the state quarterfinals in 2001. The two-time team MVP earned first-team all-state accolades as a senior after receiving second-team mention his junior year. Displayed tremendous individual athletic skills, averaging 40 yards as the team's punter, recording six interceptions as a free safety in addition to returning kickoffs and punts his final year. Maintaining a 3.5 gpa, the three-year basketball starter also owns the school record in the long jump.
DARIUS SANDERS, Tight End
6-5, 228, Los Angeles, Calif. (Lynwood)
Accomplished tremendous strides in his only year of exposure to the game, receiving first-team all-San Gabriel Valley League honors on the football field after accumulating his previous athletic exploits on the basketball court. Recorded 25 catches for 412 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end and wide receiver, while totaling 63 tackles (25 unassisted) in 10 games from his defensive end outpost. Included among his stats were 15 tackles for losses and 10.5 quarterback sacks, in addition to recovering three fumbles and prying six other fumbles loose.
ALBERT TOEAINA, Offensive Lineman
6-4, 345, Antioch, Calif. (Pittsburg)
Ranked among the top 10 offensive linemen in the country by Student Sports magazine as well as among California's top trio of interior offensive stalwarts, the Western One Hundred honoree (Tacoma News Tribune) was considered by some as the most physically dominant lineman during the CaliFlorida all-star practices. Also elicited inclusion as one of 10 players on the Contra Costa Time's top Cream of the Crop listing of East Bay-area standouts. The all-league and all-area selection utilized quick feet and tremendous strength to maximize his enormous frame to the tune of more than 60 pancake blocks against opponents during his senior year.
MATT TOEAINA, Running Back
6-2, 225, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Samoana)
The two-year starter not only garnered American Somoa High School Athletic Association MVP honors as an outside linebacker his final year but was bestowed the league's scholar-athlete award as well. School compiled a 9-3 ledger while dropping the season finale in the league championships.
ANTHONY TRUCKS, Athlete
6-1, 197, Antioch, Calif. (AHS)
Acquired all-region honors from PrepStar magazine after grabbing 37 passes for 620 yards and five touchdowns as a prep senior. Chosen first-team East Bay Cream of the Crop by the Contra Costa Times, the two-time first-team all-Bay Valley League standout also ranked second on his team in tackles with 75 (including 40 solo tackles) in addition to 15 quarterback sacks despite missing three games due to injuries. The three-year starter and team captain also received team's Coach's Award for exemplary play in addition to being named Panthers' defensive player of the year for program which accumulated 5-4-1 record.
TERRENCE WHITEHEAD, Athlete
5-10, 199, Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw)
Possesses the talent to play any number of positions on either side of the football, as evidenced by his 700 yards and seven touchdowns rushing, 600 yards and seven touchdowns receiving and 110 tackles from his 2000 prep finale. Considered among the top 100 prep recruits in the country two years ago as well as one of the best five safeties in the nation by Student Sports. The two-time all-city and all-area pick attracted seven of 10 votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West ledger and was a first-team all-state nominee as a multi-purpose candidate by Cal-Hi Sports.