Aiello is NW bound

When Oregon offered Lafayette (Calif.) Acalanes offensive lineman Brady Aiello a scholarship on Thursday, he wasted no time in jumping on it.

Brady Aiello spent the last three days on the Oregon campus for the Ducks Camp. On Thursday before heading home, the tackle had a chance to talk with Coach Helfrich, Greatwood and Bernardi and was told he earned a scholarship after his strong performance over the week.

"I didn't waste any time, I committed on the spot," Aiello said. "Going in to the camp, Oregon was my No. 1 choice. Coach Greatwood had come to see me in the spring and then Coach Bernardi invited me out to the camp. He said if I performed well, I would have a chance to earn an offer and that's how it played out.

"Football wise, I love Oregon but it was more than that for me. You can't play football forever and I was equally impressed with the academic center and just the overall feel I got walking around the campus. My parents were with me all week and they loved it too so it was an easy decision for me."

Aiello is an intriguing kid who has only played football for two years. He's a former swimmer but has quickly made up for lost time. He played his junior season at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds and now weighs 260.

He attended the recent Oakland NIKE Camp and tested very well clocking a 4.95-40 (electronic), jumped 28" in the vertical and threw the power ball 41'.

"I really connected well with Coach Greatwood and Coach Bernardi," Aiello said. "I loved working with them and I like the way they coach. Coach Greatwood really pushes you and I like that. He's the kind of coach that will make me better and help me reach my potential as a player.

"It's a great feeling right now, I feel relieved and excited. My mom was in tears, she was so happy and my dad was pumped up too. I won't take any other visits, I'm 100% locked in with Oregon.

"When I committed, Coach Helfrich told me he doesn't like their commits to take other trips and I understand that. He doesn't need to worry about that with me, I'm shutting it down and the only visit I'll take is to Oregon."

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