Okun becomes Ducks first 2015 verbal commit

Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Zach Okun made quick work of the recruiting process. On Tuesday, he verbally committed to Oregon.

Oregon received its first verbal commitment for the 2015 recruiting class from Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Zach Okun on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound big man announced his decision on Twitter at the conclusion of his unofficial visit.

"It just felt right," Okun said of his decision. "I was out there for two days and loved every second of it. I've been to a lot of campuses, seen a lot of schools and talked to a lot of coaches, but in the end I felt this was probably my favorite. I love everyone here."

Okun, a four-star prospect according to Scout.com, said that his decision caught offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and head coach Mark Helfrich off-guard.

"I don't think they expected it at all," Okun said. "They were super excited for it, definitely surprised. It was fun to see them so pumped because it was just an exciting time."

Greatwood has been monitoring Okun since his freshman year at Newbury Park and has had a hand in developing his game since then. One of the highlights for Okun during his visit was seeing Greatwood work with his players firsthand.

"It was definitely cool to see how he works with his guys," Okun said. "Everyone there seems to be so happy and so into it that it was almost contagious. I know Coach Greatwood is such a good coach. I've known him for a long time and my high school coach has a great relationship with him, so it just felt like this is the place I want to be."

Now with his decision out of the way, Okun is looking forward to a stress free offseason before heading into his final season of high school football.

"It's just relieving," Okun said. "It felt like a weight was lifted, finally. It's because it's such a stressful time with all of these coaches on your phone and stuff. Right now, I'm so relieved that I'm finally going to go to college."

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