Maihen checks out Oregon

Santa Margarita (Calif.) offensive tackle Austin Maihen recaps his unofficial visit to Oregon.

Santa Margarita Catholic offensive tackle Austin Maihen is a big, physical prospect whose aggressive style is catching the attention of a couple of Pac-12 programs. Last week, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound big man travelled north to Eugene and paid a visit to Oregon. Getting a chance to interact with fellow linemen Cameron Hunt and Tyler Johnstone, as well as the coaching staff made Maihen feel comfortable immediately.

"All of the O-linemen came up and introduced themselves to me," Maihen said. "They all seemed like nice guys and they welcomed me there. The coaches were welcoming too so it kind of felt like everybody wanted me to be there."

Maihen took in the Ducks final Friday spring practice and paid specific attention to the line play. After seeing everything Oregon had to offer from its state-of-the-art football facilities to its campus, Maihen came away impressed.

"I will say Oregon made me feel at home with everything," he said. "When I saw the campus, I just felt I could see myself playing there and going there."

Maihen said he and offensive line coach Steve Greatwood established contact with each other at the end of last season after the veteran coach checked in with his school to see what type of person the junior is.

"He knows I'm a good kid," Maihen said. "He thinks I'm athletic, have good size, that I'm more of a fit lineman."

During the visit, he and Greatwood spent time with one another and he learned that an offer may come after a re-evaluation later this month.

"We'll see how I do there," Maihen said. "If they like what they see in practice, I guess they'll offer me. If not, then I'm going up to the [NFTC] camp in June."

Outside of Oregon, Maihen is hoping that a program that has been a thorn in the Ducks side in recent seasons will also offer.

"I'd say Oregon along with Stanford are my Top 2 schools that I want to go to," he said.

Maihen took in Stanford's Junior Day earlier this year and said the Cardinal are staying in contact with him. He expects Cal, Washington, Washington State, USC and UCLA to check in on him during the evaluation period.


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