Alfieri nabs big offer as he nears decision

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri receives a big offer as he nears a decision.

After a lengthy wait, one of the state's most talked about prospects, Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri, finally picked up an offer from Oregon. The offer, extended by defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, came as a bit of a surprise.

"I would say it was pretty out of the blue," Alfieri said. "I hadn't talked to them for at least a month."

Aliotti called Oregon lineman Doug Brenner to get Alfieri's contact information, and coincidentally enough, the former teammates were on a beach trip with their families. Both Brenner and Oregon basketball shooting guard A.J. Lapray started campaigning immediately for Alfieri to join them in Eugene.

"They were all trying to recruit me right off the bat," Alfieri said.

At The Opening, Alfieri reiterated that he wanted an offer from Oregon, and even mentioned that the coaching staff was known for taking its time in offering some local prospects. In January, the Ducks offered then-Wilsonville linebacker Johnny Ragin III, hoping to snag a last-minute addition at linebacker. Instead Ragin chose Cal.

Though not as late, Oregon could be facing a similar situation with Alfieri, despite needing an addition at linebacker. Oregon learned earlier this week that Wailuku (Haw.) linebacker Jordan Hoiem was withdrawing his verbal commitment to the school and quitting football altogether for personal reasons.

"It feels great getting the last in-state school to offer me," Alfieri said. "It does affect my view a little bit because they offered later than most schools, but they are still a school that I'm considering."

Oregon joins Oregon State, Washington and Stanford in Alfieri's top four. Citing a desire to get the recruiting process out of the way before the season, he expects to have a decision shortly, without taking any additional visits.

"I've pretty much visited all of the schools I'm interested in," Alfieri said. "Within the next couple of weeks, I'll have my announcement."

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