I have been carping on social media (mostly to myself) for a few years about Oregon not trying to tap the Poly pipeline. Even with Nike, uniforms, facilities, etc. Oregon still can't pull OL and DL out of SEC country. Can you blame them? Mom's Southern cooking. At most, we were getting kids out of Cali (Armstead) and Hawaii (Buckner). The next best option to the freakishly athletic 6'7", 340 lb SEC lineman is the Poly lineman. In my opinion, the Poly X factor alone has kept U of U (they're not "The U," Miami is) competitive in P5.
Can anybody tell me the backstory with Haloti Ngata? To this day, I have no idea how we got his commitment. I understand his mom's buy off was key. He is still arguably the highest rated recruit to come to Oregon (other than possibly The Black Mamba, DeAnthony Thomas, or Jonathan Stewart).
Here's the problem with the Poly and Oregon. It's stoner central. The Eugene Institute building is about 60 years old. Scout's write-up on the rationale for Wayne Kirby transferring back to BYU says it all. http://www.scout.com/college/byu/story/1743843-wayne-kirby-is-happy-to-be-home-at-byu
. I think we'll get some marginal LDS Poly kids, but that's it.
I coach in Utah County, attend the All Poly Camp, played ball at Ricks (yeah, I'm old), served a mission to the South Pacific, and I represent a lot of Poly community members as an attorney, etc. Based on my observations, Sitake and Co. will own the local Poly pipeline within the next 2-3 years.