Talia recaps his official visit to Oregon

Diablo Valley College defensive lineman Tui Talia recaps his official visit to Oregon.

Tui Talia became the Ducks fifth verbal commitment back in early June when he flipped from Washington. Last Saturday, Talia got a chance to experience the game day environment first hand when he took his official visit to Oregon to see them take on Nicholls State University.

"I got there Friday afternoon and DeForest Buckner was my host," Talia said. "Everything was way better than I expected," Talia said. "It was all amazing, everything about it. The fans, how Oregon is, the nature of Oregon and the players were all just really nice. I loved it out there."

The 6-foot-4.5, 265-pound Talia arrived on Friday and was shown around by sophomore defensive end DeForest Buckner. While there, he checked out campus and what academic opportunities are available to athletes at Oregon. Talia enjoyed the compact layout of the campus and its close relation to Autzen Stadium, among other things.

"(Buckner) showed me around campus and showed me around to the advisors and where tutoring sessions would happen," Talia said. "I thought that was all amazing that all the help you need would just be right there for athletes."

During the game, Talia talked with Oregon offensive tackle target Sam Jones, who took to calling him "The Rock", a reference to actor/wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson along with the rest of the team. Talia took that as a compliment and built a bond with Jones, who was equally as impressed with his time in Eugene. The two even discussed taking each other on in one-one-one drills if Jones committed to Oregon.

"He said 'How could you not commit to that place?'," Talia said. "I said you better start committing."

Talia also spent time with head coach Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and defensive line coach Ron Aiken, all of whom he praised.

"(Helfrich) is like the best head coach I've ever met," Talia said. "All the coaches were really cool."

Aiken talked with Talia about the four departing seniors on the Ducks depth chart and how he would fit in when he arrives. According to Talia, Aiken said that he could play on the edge in the Ducks rotation of linemen, which is keeping him motivated.

"I'm really looking forward to getting up there and work hard to try and get that spot they have for me," Talia said.

Now focused on his football season, Talia made it clear that he's all Oregon from this point forward and has cut off contact with every other school.

"A Cal coach recently contacted me on Facebook, but I've just quit all contact with everybody else from all of the other schools," Talia said. "I'm really trying to maintain focus on school and football and just getting up to Oregon. I'm not going to be taking any other trips."


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