Okun and Oregon have long relationship

Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive guard Zach Okun talks about his interest in Oregon and his relationship with offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.

At 6-foot-4, 310-pounds Newbury Park offensive guard Zach Okun already has the frame that entices big name programs early on in the recruiting process. Couple that with his tenacious style of play and strength, and it's no wonder why a program like Oregon (and several others) are in line for his services.

Okun has had an Oregon offer since the end of his junior season, but has had a relationship with offensive line coach Steve Greatwood since his freshman year.

"I got to know the coaches pretty well, especially Coach Greatwood," Okun said. "We've had a pretty good relationship for two and a half years."

During that time, Greatwood has worked with Okun's coach and seen the four-star athlete blossom into one of the nations top offensive linemen.

"(Greatwood) just likes my tenacity, how I get after things and how coachable I am," Okun said. "Him and my coach have a great relationship and they work together to help me get better."

Okun thinks that should he land in Eugene for his collegiate career transitioning into the up-tempo Oregon offensive scheme shouldn't be much of an issue.

"They're definitely a read option offense, which we run quite a bit here at my school," Okun said. "I'm sure I could acclimate quickly there."

Okun is scheduled to visit Oregon in early March, although it won't be his first experience in Eugene. He visited Oregon during his freshman year, but this time around he wants to see how the academic scene in Eugene can help him.

"Facilities are pretty much nice wherever you go nowadays so I can't base my decision on that," Okun said. "I'm going to go up there and basically see what they have to offer academically and I pretty much know what they have to offer athletically."

Oregon isn't the only school that will be getting a visit from Okun in the near future. He plans on visiting Notre Dame sometime in March or April and also wants to take unofficial visits to Arizona, Arizona State and Miami. He also plans on graduating in December and wants to have his decision made sooner than later.

"Hopefully before my senior year, but I don't know, things can go awry a little bit," Okun said. "I definitely want to try to be an earlier commit and get it out of the way."

When it comes time to make that decision, Okun said his biggest factor will be comfortability.

"The biggest thing for me is how I feel, if I feel comfortable, if I feel welcomed," Okun said. "I don't want to go somewhere that's really strong academically but I don't feel comfortable there."


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