Freeman enjoys official visit to Oregon

Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman was in Eugene for Oregon's big win over UCLA. Find out how the trip went.

Already verbally committed to the University of Oregon, Imperial running back Royce Freeman was able to enjoy his official visit to Eugene on Saturday without any added pressure.

"There was no pressure on this trip," Freeman said. "I felt relaxed. I committed early so I had a great time."

The Ducks took down No. 12 UCLA 42-14, thanks in large part to a second half surge. Freeman enjoyed the atmosphere and was able to talk to top uncommitted safety prospect John "Juju" Smith, who was also on the trip, about the possibility of coming and joining him next season.

"I talked to Juju a little bit and he seemed to be having a good time," Freeman said. "But, we'll see."

Oregon running back Byron Marshall led the team with 133 yards rushing and three touchdowns, punching in the go-ahead score for the Ducks in the third quarter that set off four consecutive successful touchdown drives. Freeman commented on his performance and lauded running backs coach Gary Campbell on his development.

"He's been improving throughout the season," Freeman said. "It's good to see. Being under Coach Campbell will help a lot when I get there."

Away from the game, Freeman got a chance to check out some parts of the new football performance center that weren't completed when he took an unofficial visit back in June. He said that he has no plans to visit other schools in order to stay solid with Oregon. For now, he's focused on staying healthy the rest of the season before graduating to the next level.

"I've got to make sure my body is taken care of at the end of the season," Freeeman said. "I've got to continue each and every game to take it to another level."

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