Benyard's Oregon Trip: "I Was Speechless"

San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic tackle Everett Benyard took his first visit last weekend, to Oregon, and the trip blew the mammoth offensive lineman away...

When San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic tackle Everett Benyard (6-7, 314), returned from his official visit to Oregon, he was understandably tired, after a game the Friday night before the trip, then a busy weekend.

But the glow from his visit still permeated from the mammoth lineman days after the trip.

"It went good, I loved it up there. That was my first time to Oregon and man, I was just speechless. The facilities there were amazing. We got to go down and deep into the lockers and they're definitely setting the bar high there," said Benyard.

Benyard's conversation with the coaches went well, and Benyard said he was tempted to commit, not by any pressure from the coaches, but from his internal drive.

"I was definitely tempted to commit, not by them, but by myself. I didn't commit to Oregon, but I'm definitely favoring them," said Benyard. "They are definitely in the lead. Notre Dame has talked with more lately and I want to see where that goes. I didn't commit because I want to keep taking the steps to see where I have to go. I'd like to take some more visits though."

Still, Oregon left a big impression on him.

"I'd have to say what stood out to me the most was the relationship with the coaches and the players, and then the players with themselves. The camaraderie is amazing. You can tell the coaches care about their players on the field and off of it and they want to know how they're doing in school," said Benyard.

And Benyard spent a lot of time with the coaching staff.

"I talked to all of the coaches really," said Benyard. "I had a long meeting with Coach (Mike) Bellotti and Coach (Steve) Greatwood and Coach (John) Neal, he's my area recruiter."

Benyard was hosted by freshman Dion Jordan and also was joined on the visit by childhood friend Anthony Anderson, a commit to the Ducks from La Mesa (Calif.) Helix.

While the Ducks lead, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Utah and Oregon State are all still in the mix for Benyard, only Notre Dame not having offered.

"I'm hoping to for sure visit Oregon State, Utah and Arizona State," said Benyard.

Anchoring the offensive line for the defending CIF-San Diego Section champs, Cathedral is 5-0 in 2008.

"We've been doing really well," said Benyard. Our quarterback, Parker Hipp is emerging as a leader, and you already know about Tyler Gaffney. The O-Line is going out with an attitude. We want to break the will of the opponents. And we've got a good defense, they're coming into their own."

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