Lemieux chooses Oregon

Yakima (Wash.) West Valley offensive tackle Shane Lemieux breaks down his decision to verbally commit to Oregon.

Saturday was a busy day in Eugene. Not only did the Oregon Ducks hold their annual Spring Game at Autzen Stadium, but they received their fourth verbal commitment for the 2015 class from three-star West Valley offensive tackle Shane Lemieux.

Lemieux was in attendance at the Spring Game and told eDuck.com on Saturday evening that his decision came down to everything falling into place.

"I just really wanted to make sure I fit in with the coaching staff and the players," Lemieux said. "I got to spend a lot of time today with all of them. Everything just clicked."

South Carolina was a heavy contender for Lemieux as well, but in the end the junior found the opportunity for early playing time too good to pass up.

"South Carolina was great and they really liked me too," Lemieux said. "But it's on the other side of the country away from my mom. They're in the SEC so it's going to be harder for me to start early and Boise State and Oregon pretty much highlighted that I'm going to be able to get early playing time and how important I am to them."

Lemieux said that Ducks offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and recruiting coordinator/director of player personnel Jim Fisher laid out everything he was looking for while on the visit in order to convince him to verbally commit. He didn't come away impressed with the academics at Oregon when he previously visited. Fearing it may be too "liberal arts" for him, Lemieux found out that Oregon has much more to offer scholastically.

"Now, doing some investigating and looking into it, it's actually really good," Lemieux said. "Especially for sports marketing, for what I want to do, there's no other school in the country that competed."

Lemieux joins Zach Okun as the second offensive line prospect in the class. After making it clear he'll stay a Duck, he said he's now looking to do some recruiting of his own.

"I'm going to play for Oregon," Lemieux said. "Right now I'm going to try and find some more teammates for myself. I want to get a couple more players, some names like Cody Creason and [Jacob Daniel]."

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