Okun ready to see his future home

Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive guard Zach Okun discusses his plans for his Oregon official visit and weighs in with his opinion on the Ducks offensive line

Among the litany of uncommitted prospects that are slated to show up this Saturday for official visits when Oregon takes on Stanford in a battle of Pac-12 North Division powers, Zach Okun is one of the lucky few that won’t have heavy decisions weighing on his mind.

That’s because the 6-foot-4, 303-pound four-star offensive guard has been committed to Oregon since March, the first to do so among the 14 members of the 2015 class.

This time around, the U.S. Army All-American will be acting as somewhat of a recruiter for the Ducks, a role he has happily occupied in the months since he announced he would play college football in Eugene. But, according to him, with everything Oregon offers a student athlete he may not have to say much to get an uncommitted prospect's attention.

“I think they’ll fall in love with the team, the facilities, the coaches and everything,” he said. “But I’ll put my part in. I’ll try to get a good word in there and then try to push the Ducks a little bit. But I have a lot of faith in the Oregon staff and everything that Oregon has that it’ll sell itself.”

Okun is eager to finally experience the game day atmosphere at Oregon, but also said he wants to use this visit as a chance to get to know the athletes he’ll be playing with in a year. In a little over two months, Okun will enroll early and join the team following the conclusion of the season to start training.

“I just want to start getting introduced and meet everyone,” he said. “Obviously the line guys are going to be a little bit easier to get to and hang out with I guess. Everyone else, I obviously want to meet them so I’ll try my best, but you just kind of take it as it goes.”

Likely the most talked about factor when it comes to Oregon’s success this season has been the health of their offensive line. When the Ducks have been healthy they’ve won, but facing a then-unranked Arizona team at home on Oct. 2 without important pieces in Tyler Johnstone, Jake Fisher and Andre Yruretagoyena, the team suffered its only defeat of the 2014 campaign.

Fisher has since returned and the Ducks have yet to lose with him in the lineup. Okun weighed in on with his thoughts on the offensive line’s effectiveness since that loss.

“I think just watching the last few weeks they’re so much more physical up front when they’re healthy,” he said. “That’s crucial for them. An Oregon team that runs the ball, I think, is unstoppable. It can beat any team in the country.”

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