Everything was Awesome!

At 6-3, 270, DT Rex Manu is a prize the Oregon Ducks covet. Last weekend Manu was in Eugene to take in the Oregon-Michigan State game and to take an official visit.

Rex Manu is a three-star recruit from Mililani HS, Mililani, Hawaii and spoke to eDuck about how the trip went.

"Everything was awesome, it was amazing," remarked Manu about his overall impression of his first official recruiting visit. "I don't even know where to start!"

Manu spoke of Oregon's comeback win over MSU and looking back at it he was impressed with how the Ducks handled the adversity.

"I didn't really expect it to be that way," said Manu of Oregon's great comeback. "But the fact Oregon did comeback in the second half and scored 28 straight points shows that they are really resilient and poised under pressure."

Did he specifically watch the defensive during the game?

“I could see myself playing there,” replied Manu to the question. “ And yes, I was watching the D-line play the majority of the game. Seeing Arik (Armstead), DeForest (Buckner) and Austin (Maloata) the freshman, it made me confident that I could play there as a freshman too.”

Manu spent time during his visit with Davis Miyashiro a preferred walk on also from Hawaii and Jalen Jelks on Friday. The next day (Saturday) he hung out with DeForest Buckner.

One thing that stood out for him was how the atmosphere is so different in Oregon locker room than in high school.

“Players are calm but very focused,” mentioned Manu of the Oregon lockerroom atmosphere.

Manu spoke with coaches about practice and the fundamentals they teach. He was also impressed with the family-like relationship between players and coaches.

While his was an official visit, it isn’t the first time he’s been to the Eugene campus. Earlier this summer his team camped at Oregon and the biggest impression he came away with is Oregon’s emphasis on academics. Specifically Manu was impressed with Oregon’s academic adviser Chris Young. In fact Manu feels the education aspect is a strong selling point.

At this point Manu has no specific plans for further trips, at least not during the season. His team has already played two games, but he doesn’t want to let his recruitment interfere with his high school team’s season.

So where does that leave Oregon in the recruiting race?

“Right now they are number one.”

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