Mahalak officially visits Oregon

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Morgan Mahalak was up in Eugene over the weekend to officially visit Oregon. How did the trip go?

Dual-threat quarterback Morgan Mahalak has been verbally committed to Oregon for months now. In his first season as a starter at Marin Catholic, he has thrown for 2,034 yards and 28 touchdowns and run for 343 yards and four more scores in 10 games. With a week off, Mahalak took his official visit to Oregon with his mom in tow.

"I got to relax and enjoy myself," Mahalak said. "This trip was big for us because my mom got to come this time and she's never been. That was huge for her to be reassured that I'll be in good hands for the next couple of years."

Part of what eased Mrs. Mahalak's mind was getting the opportunity to pick the brain of head coach Mark Helfrich, something Morgan has had the opportunity to do on past visits. When Morgan got his turn this time around, he and the head coach spent more time talking about things away from the gridiron.

"We joked around and shared stories with each other," Mahalak said. "My mom got to ask him some questions, but a lot of it was really low key and relaxed. A lot of it was not about football, it was about everyday life."

While on the trip, Mahalak reconnected with a couple of old teammates in wide receiver Chris Tewhill and offensive lineman Matt McFadden, both walk-ons. Then it was time to get down to business with the quarterbacks.

"They were great," Mahalak said. "I sat in on a couple of meetings with them and got to interact with them a lot. I joined in on some group activities that they did and a trivia thing they did yesterday. We named a bunch of presidents and I was one of the best. It was funny. We just kind of goofed around, but I got the impression that it's a family."

Mahalak has been known to campaign for other uncommitted prospects to join him at Oregon. With uncommitted athlete Budda Baker, offensive tackle Chris Brown and safety Glen Ihenacho also in attendance on Saturday, Mahalak got to make his pitch, but added that he spent a majority of the time trading stories about the football season with the other three.

"I tried to make it known that they're wanted at Oregon," Mahalak said. "I didn't try to push them really, I just tried to relax."

Mahalak said he spent most of the game just being a fan. The Ducks won 44-21, thanks in large part to three touchdown passes by quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mahalak patterns his game off of Mariota and enjoyed getting a chance to see him in person.

"He did a great job, as well as the whole team," Mahalak said. "It was a great team effort."

Now Mahalak's attention will be tuned into the playoffs. As the top seed, Marin Catholic received a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They resume play next weekend against Eureka. Mahalak is focused on continuing his perfect run as a starting quarterback, but once the offseason arrives he plans on enjoying the rest of his winter before training starts next year.

"I know I'm going to Tahoe with my buddies for Christmas break and New Year's so I'm probably just going to enjoy myself and just step back from football for a while," Mahalak said. "I'll get ready to train in the spring and then I'll be off and running in June."

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