Magnuson Likes Eugene

Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon four-star offensive lineman Erik Magnuson has seen his recruitment skyrocket over the past few months since receiving one of his first official offers from the University of Oregon. Currently holding 15 offers from schools scattered across the country, Magnuson took sometime to sit down with eDuck Sports and discuss recruiting and his recent visit to Eugene.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?


How long ago did you get that offer?

"Just a couple of days after their bowl game."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon throughout the recruiting process?

"Well I stay in pretty good touch with coach (Steve) Greatwood, the offensive line coach, so I talk to him, e-mail him, I'll call him and keep in touch with him. Coach John Neal, he's the one who recruited me, so I've got to speak with him quite a bit."

How often would you say you're in contact with those guys?

"I try to keep them updated on what I'm doing and things like that, so I'll talk to once every couple weeks or so."

You were at Junior Day this past Saturday. What were your overall impressions of that?

"That was actually my third time up there for football stuff, but the Junior Day went well. I haven't seen them practice before, so that was cool seing them practice and the tempo and how everything ran around there. The school was something I liked a lot. We toured the campus and the facilites are something I've already seen before...just talking to all the different coaches and athletic and academic directors and all that stuff was good. You just got a feel for what it was like to be a player. I really liked it."

During the visit, was there anything in particular that stuck out to you or impressed you?

"Yeah definitely. Walking down the tunnel to the field. Doing what they do before all the games...that was a cool feeling, that really got me. I liked that a lot."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"Well I have a lot interest even though I'm from San Diego, but I don't have a top because it's kind of hard to map out a top five or three or anything like that, but they're definitely one of my favorite schools right now and I have a lot of interest in playing there. I feel like I could fit, as far as offensive linemen go, over there."

And you've been to Eugene before?

"Yeah, this is my third time there. There was a football camp during the summer and I took an unofficial visit during the Stanford game."

What are your impressions of Eugene and University of Oregon campus, in general?

"I like Eugene a lot. I think it has a small town, college town type of feel to it, but that there's still stuff going on. I've been to downtown twice this weekend and it doesn't really feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but at the same time, you have that small town feel to it. Some parts of Eugene, like down around campus, remind me of home, so I liked that a lot."

Was there any urge on your part or the coaches' part for you to commit while on the visit?

"Oh no, definitely not. They know what it's like, they've been around recruits -- that's their job. Basically they told me they have 13 offers out right now, nine of which are to offensive linemen. They need offensive linemen, but they're only taking three, so they offered nine which they think are the best. There's no pressure or anything like that, they just want the best that they can get. I've always told myself that I'm gonna wait to commit, so I feel completely 100 percent comfortable not just making a decision right away."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"Athletic. I use my footwork and speed to my advantage. I like to compete too."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"There's a couple. I like to watch Jake Long a lot and then Ryan Clady from the Broncos and also Marcus McNeill from the San Diego Chargers; those are the three that I look up to a lot."

Have the Oregon coaches specified a position on the offensive line that they would like you at?

"No. I would probably like to play tackle, but at the same time, I'm open to playing whatever because I know (at Oregon) they like to rotate their linemen a lot, so you can't just learn one position, you have to learn them all. To get on the playing field, I'd play center, guard, or tackle."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Playing time. I don't want to sit for three years or anything like that. I want to get there and play as early as I can. If I need a year to redshirt or something like that, that's fine, but that's about it. I don't want to sit for long."

What are some of the offers you hold from other schools?

"I have 15 offers I think right now. Most of them are from the West Coast, but I have Notre Dame, Michigan, and Miami and Cincinnati from farther away, so I can either go farther away or stay here on the West Coast close to home. I got both options."

Do you have a top list of schools out of the schools that have offered or out of schools that you've heard from?

"Um...I have a top 15 (laughter), but I don't have a top though. Every school that I've talked to, they have an advantage for me, so I can't say I have a favorite right now. I gotta research more and find out more about every school."

Do you have plans to attend any other camps, Junior Days, or unofficial visits?

"I'm not going to any camps. I might be going to a Nike camp, but that's about it. For unofficial visits, I'm going to Oregon State and I'm hoping to go to UCLA and USC for a spring football practice. If I go to the Nike camp, I'll be going to Stanford too because that's where the Nike camp is being hosted."

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