Okun and Lemieux react to busy weekend

2015 Oregon offensive line verbal commits Zach Okun and Shane Lemieux comment on the Ducks landing three additional linemen over the weekend and what they're looking forward to next year.

Over the weekend, Oregon landed three offensive line commitments from Brady Aiello, Calvin Throckmorton and Jake Hanson, pushing the total number of 2015 offensive line members to five.

On Monday, both Zach Okun and Shane Lemieux, the first two verbal commits on the line, commented on the wild weekend and what they expect from a deep group of talented big men.

"I'm excited," Okun said. "They definitely all look like they're pretty talented and this really could be a special class."

Lemieux echoed similar sentiments towards the group.

"I'm really stoked about it," Lemieux said. "We're probably going to have the best offensive line class in the nation. Also, that brings a lot of pressure because all five of us — Çoach [Joe] Bernardi called it the 'Fab Five' — we're all coming in as very high-rated offensive linemen. All different sizes, all different skill sets. I think it'll be pretty good because it'll bring the competition level up really high."

Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood now has the task of seeing which of these talented youngsters will separate themselves from the pack when they arrive on campus. Lemieux is eyeing a chance to play early and is eager to take part in the competition for those snaps.

"I know Coach Greatwood will put in a rotation or something," Lemieux said. "He told me I'm the size right now that they could pull me in there and I can play. That's what they like about me so much."

Okun, meanwhile, is eager to get to know his future teammates further on a personal level.

"That's a pretty integral part of having an offensive line is being familiar with everyone," Okun said. "I'll definitely have to try and get to know them a lot better than I do now."

Of course, since none of these players have signed a letter of intent there's still the chance this line may not look the same in February as it does now. Okun reiterated that he's solid and "enjoying being a Duck", while Lemieux said he's solid, but still hearing from other programs such as Miami, Washington State, Michigan State, USC and Boise State, where he just returned from camp.

"I'm pretty solid to Oregon," Lemieux said. "Coaches still contact me and if they go out of their way, I'll answer. I never go out of my way. I'm not really interested in any other schools."


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