Okun excited to receive Army jersey

Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive guard Zach Okun discusses his season, being honored as a U.S. Army All-American and who he's trying to recruit to Oregon.

Despite Newbury Park suffering its first loss on Friday, at 4-1, offensive guard Zach Okun is happy with the way he and his team has started the season. The big man is hoping their success can continue and leave the door open for a shot at a state championship.

“Season’s going really well,” he said. “We’re all playing great and spreading the ball around and stuff like that. Personally, I think I’m playing pretty well. I’ve had a few good games recently so I’m confident going forward and I’m excited about the rest of the season.”

Next week, Okun will be receiving his U.S. Army All-American jersey, an honor the 6-foot-4, 303-pound offensive guard has waited on for some time.

“It's been my intent to play in that game since before my junior year,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming. I’m obviously excited and really grateful for the opportunity to play in such a prestigious game and I couldn’t be more excited to receive the jersey.”

Okun became Oregon’s first verbal commitment back in March and signed a financial aid agreement with the program earlier this month. The senior has been keeping a close eye on the Ducks this year and praised offensive line coach Steve Greatwood for handling the myriad of injuries his group has suffered through four games.

“Obviously the offensive line has a lot of injuries," Okun said. "But Coach Wood has done a great job with what he has. They’ll be fine and I’m excited to get up there for my official and check it out again and hopefully recruit some more people to Oregon.”

Okun will take his official visit for the Stanford game in November. He said that he’s continuing to recruit his friend five-star defensive end Rasheem Green. Green has yet to officially schedule a visit to Oregon but the possibility is on the table and Okun is hoping he’s able to help land him in green and yellow.

“Hopefully it pays off,” he said.

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