Throckmorton Recaps Unofficial Visit To UO

Newport (Wash.) offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton discussed his unofficial visit to Oregon and where he's headed this weekend.

Calvin Throckmorton is continuing his tour down the west coast. Having already visited Washington, the Newport lineman traveled south for an unofficial visit to Oregon on Monday.

Although it wasn't his first trip there, the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder came away impressed.

"I was really impressed the first time," Throckmorton said. "But this one just built on that even more and it seems like an amazing place."

Throckmorton said that he spent a majority of his time during the visit with director of player personnel Jim Fisher, offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and assistant coach Joe Bernardi taking in the campus and getting an in-depth tour. The three-star prospect has made it clear that the relationship between player and coach will play a factor in his decision and he got a chance to see how Oregon does things on Monday.

"I haven't really seen anything better than what I saw here," Throckmorton said. "The players seem to get along extremely well and Coach Greatwood has a great relationship with his players and he pushes them."

Throckmorton started the morning taking in practice and he enjoyed watching the players perform at an up-tempo pace.

"That's really how I love to play," Throckmorton said. "Fast, powerful and hard. That's what I saw. It was quick paced, but you also had periods where the coaches had to teach and actually had to slow it down and show you what you really had to do.That was awesome."

Later in the day, Throckmorton sat in on team meetings and noted the chemistry amongst the team.

"It seemed like they could joke around with each other and laugh at each other, but at the same time teach each other and push each other," Throckmorton said.

In addition to hanging around with the coaching staff, Throckmorton and his father spent time with redshirt junior offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, who explained his relationship with the coaching staff.

"He said good things about Greatwood and also Bernardi. [He said] that they're great guys and that they're great teachers and show you what your have to do," Throckmorton said.

So the question remains: Does Oregon stand out in any way after this visit?

"It absolutely does," Throckmorton said. "Whatever it comes down too, it's definitely going to be an extremely hard decision for me. But I really couldn't find anything that I really didn't like about this place."

Before Ducks fans get too excited, Oregon won't be the last school the junior sees this week. On Saturday, Throckmorton is headed down to visit California for their Junior Day. He said he's really looking forward to meeting the staff and seeing the school up close.

"I haven't gotten the chance to see them in person yet," Throckmorton said. "I'll see what the program is like and see the actual campus and the school and meet the coaches for the first time."

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