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National Signing Day: Portland athletes ink Pac-12 dreams

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Sam Noyer of Beaverton High signing to Colorado. Sam Noyer of Beaverton High signing to Colorado.
Central Catholic linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr. and safety Brady Breeze. Central Catholic linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr. and safety Brady Breeze.
Trevon Bradford, who signed to OSU early. Trevon Bradford, who signed to OSU early.
Osa Odighizuwa signing to UCLA. Osa Odighizuwa signing to UCLA.

Four-stars and blue chips; but how many ever pan out? National Signing Day can be a bit much for many but for the accomplishments of the kids taking that next step in life and sport, it serves some very special moments.

"There is just not a lot of reality in these things that are being done in my opinion," said Mark Helfrich, head football coach at the University of Oregon.

Labeled by recruiting sites as underwhelming and lack-luster, the Oregon Ducks bring in 19 signees including Montana State graduate transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop. 

Having added new offensive and defensive coordinators, the Ducks were able to muster four four-star recruits to the class of 2016. Two of them hail from Portland.

"This year was a phenomenal year in the state of Oregon. We got, we feel obviously, the best guys in the state of Oregon this year and that is a huge year for the state and for us.," said Helfrich.

Central Catholic linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr. and safety Brady Breeze, the nephew of Duck great Chad Cota, have officially committed to the Ducks.

"I only dreamed of opportunities like this as a young kid and watching them growing up, I have always seen those guys as role models, so putting pen to the paper today was just a blessing and I was excited to see the look on my mom's face once she saw me sign so that was great," said Winston.

"It was just something really special, it has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I used to grow up wearing Duck pajamas, so to sign on that dotted line is just something I have dreamed of forever," said Breeze.

It was the first full recruiting cycle for Gary Andersen at Oregon State and his new OC's and DC's yet the Beavers pulled in three four-star kids, the most for the program since 2010.

"We needed length, we needed speed. We needed kids that loved the game of football. We needed kids that could accept that challenge that we threw out in front of them of being involved and changing a culture," said Beavers head coach Gary Andersen.

As for in-state appeal, Trevon Bradford, the open-field play maker from Oregon City, says he is staying loyal to his soil enrolling at OSU early to join the squad for spring camp.

"I want to play as soon as possible, so by being able to play in the spring I have a step ahead of the other kids that would be coming in, in my class," said Bradford.

Coming off the programs first postseason appearance in 15 years, Bruce Barnum filled 16 vacancies for the Portland State Vikings.

"We are choosey.I don't need to offer guys to make people happy. I need to win games so you guys still like me," said Barnum.

From Beaverton to Boulder, Sam Noyer of Beaverton High was flanked by a ton of Beaver support as the prized quarterback signed on the dotted line to play in the Pac-12 as QB for the Colorado Buffaloes.

"The Pac-12 is the best conference in the nation so I am excited and I am ready to be competing in it," said Noyer.

At David Douglas, the line of Odighizuwa's has come to an end, as Osa Odighizuwa follows in his brothers footsteps to UCLA. Owa Odighizuwa just finished his rookie season in the NFL with the New York Giants.

"It is a super good privilege. He has helped me out so much and helped pave the way so the fact that I get to go on that path is awesome," said Osa Odighizuwa.

Click on the links below to view the full list of recruits:

Oregon State 2016 Signees

University of Oregon 2016 Signees

Portland State University 2016 Signees

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