WOU in the news: For level, Western Oregon football outperforms Ducks, Beavers with 2018 in-state recruiting

Photo of South Medford's Jaylin Parnell looks for the end-zone for a touchdown at the end of the 2nd quarter.

Who deserves the in-state recruiting championship belt?

The Oregon Ducks? They signed just one of seven in-state four-star prospects in the class of 2018, missing out on elite athletes Talanoa Hufanga, Chase Cota, Braden Lenzy, Trey Lowe, Eli’Jah Winston and Draco Bynum.

The Oregon State Beavers? They failed to sign a top-nine prospect in the state, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Neither program had a strong in-state showing, and both will look to fix that going forward.

For its level, the clear in-state recruiting champion during the 2018 recruiting cycle was Division II’s Western Oregon University, which landed several athletes that carried FCS-caliber evaluations.

On Thursday’s “Recruiting with Andrew Nemec,” I discussed Western Oregon’s impressive in-state haul, highlighted by South Medford’s Jaylin Parnell and Jaalen Owens, Grant’s Saivon Brown, Damon Hickok Jr. and Grant Ewell Jr., Jefferson’s Romeo Akil, Central’s Isaiah Abraham and Tigard’s Kyle Bay and Burke Albaugh.

— Andrew Nemec