Alex Ofodile is aware that the Oregon football program is known for producing elite quarterbacks and running backs.

Delving a little deeper into the program, he also found that the Ducks have produced a collection of NFL offensive linemen and defensive backs.

Being one of the most heavily recruited wide receivers in the country, his position isn’t exactly a fixture of stardom at the University of Oregon.

And he doesn’t care. In fact, he plans to change that.

“Right now, on the roster, the receivers are super talented,” he explained. “In a couple of years, it’s going to push me to reach my max potential. Also, it’s a place where I can build my brand and become one of the great Oregon receivers. I want to start that tradition here.”

Despite his commitment in June, programs from around the country never stopped trying to dissuade Ofodile from becoming a part of Oregon’s offense. Missouri, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State and Florida State were all programs that attempted to lure him away from a future in Eugene.

It’s hard to blame them, as the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Under Armour All-American had a senior year for the record books.

In his final prep season, Ofodile set a Missouri big school state record with 96 catches and 1,610 yards with 15 touchdowns. His yardage total was second in the state’s history, behind only Dorial Green-Beckham, who was the top recruit in the nation for the class of 2012.

College football coaches couldn’t get enough. Local fans, on the other, felt betrayed. Rather than growing pleased by the young star’s success, many college football fans from area programs bristled at Ofodile’s achievements. They desperately wanted the Missouri native to stay in state and wouldn’t let him forget about his choice to “abandon” their school on social media.

Despite the ridicule,  Ofodile said the negative attention didn’t bother him.

“I always just had fun with it. For me, I always thought it was funny,” he said. “It never really bothered me too much.”

Those aren’t just words from Ofodile to dismiss the ugly situation. In truth, he really did try to have fun with the negativity.

In mid-September, after announcing the date and time of his Under Armour All-American ceremony, a fan chided the wide receiver for thinking area fans would care. 

I invited all 25 of your followers,” Ofodile responded.

The all-American wide receiver graduated from Rock Bridge High School early and is currently enrolled at the University of Oregon. So far, he is pleased with the transition he has made to college life.

“I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to get away from home and spread my wings.”

No better place to do that than as a Duck. 

For the next 3 business days, The Oregonian will take a look at the top 10 Oregon Ducks football recruits in the class of 2015. Tomorrow: No. 3.

Previous athletes featured:

– No. 5 ATH Malik Lovette

– No. 6 CB Ugo Amadi

– No. 7 OL Zach Okun

– No. 8 OL Shane Lemieux

– No. 9 OL Calvin Throckmorton

– No. 10 DB James “P.J.” Locke

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