Harrison Discusses Oregon Visit

Contra Costa (Calif.) cornerback Dominique Harrison took a trip to Eugene and took in the Civil War on Friday.

Dominique Harrison is ready to officially become an Oregon Duck. Just weeks short of joining the team on a permanent basis, the JUCO cornerback and Oregon verbal commit took a trip to Eugene to check out the 117th Civil War on Friday. After taking in the thrilling 36-35 game in which Oregon rallied for the final touchdown with just 29 seconds left, Harrison left impressed.

"It was a great experience going to the game," Harrison said. "I know that's not how Oregon usually wins…but I liked it because it showed how the team can be in a tough battle and still come out and win. It's sort of similar to the team I was on this year."

Harrison spent the game focusing on the secondary and comparing the habits and techniques of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell to his own. He found similarities between him and talented defensive backs and was struck by the effort that they and the rest of the Ducks put out as they fought back to win the game.

"I want to be with players that have that type of winning mentality," Harrison said.

After the clock hit zero, Harrison said he wanted to "jump over the rail" with the rest of the student section. He was one of five visitors in town this weekend, including TCU verbal commit Jimmie Swain and uncommitted prospect Haniteli Lousi. From his perspective, everyone seemed to be enjoying the trip.

"It seemed like everybody had a great time over the weekend," Harrison said. "All the guys, they were all sociable and seemed like they had a very good head on their shoulders. They're people I would definitely gel with."

Harrison also got to spend some time with secondary coach John Neal during his visit. He said that they talked about Harrison coming in prepared and ready to learn the system when he joins the team next month.

"He showed me a great time while I was up there," Harrison said. "He basically showed me the X's and O's of what I need to do once I get there and he's really looking forward to me coming in December."

If Harrison had it his way he said he'd leave tomorrow and start working on earning a spot in the lineup. He was taken by the atmosphere from Friday's contest and wants to have a similar experience while in a Ducks uniform sometime during his career in Eugene.

"I like playing in front of big crowds because big time players make big time plays in big time games," Harrison said. "The atmosphere at Autzen, especially during that Oregon State game in the fourth (quarter), that's the stuff I live for."

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