Okun recaps Oregon official visit

Oregon commit Zach Okun recaps his official visit to his future home.

Four-star offensive guard Zach Okun took an official visit to his future home over the weekend where he watched Oregon demolish Stanford 45-16 in front of a packed Autzen Stadium crowd in Eugene.

“The game was just wild,” Okun said. “There was a lot of energy there and the fans were incredible. It was loud. That’s all I can say. Oregon just played physical longer and harder than Stanford did.”

Okun was one of two Oregon commits in town along with tight end Jacob Breeland, but by halftime of Saturday's game he picked up a new teammate in four-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule. Okun is excited at the opportunity to play with the 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect and even said he may room with him next year.

“Canton and I were on the same flight coming up to Eugene so I talked to him on the plane,” he said. “He and Semisi (UIuave) are some of the nicest guys, so I’m really excited to play with him. When we found out Canton committed in the team meeting, everyone went wild.”

A number of uncommitted 2015 prospects made the trip as well. Along with Uluave, five-star linebacker Keisean Lucier-South, three-star defensive lineman Drayton Carlberg, and SPARQ national champion Kirk Merritt. From Okun’s point of view, each was enjoying their time in Eugene.

“I spent Friday night with Keisean and Jalen Jelks and they were having a good time,” he said. “Keisean was enjoying himself, which was good. Oregon pitches itself. I think everyone was ecstatic and super excited to meet the great people at Oregon.”

During the visit, Okun spent time with his fellow offensive linemen and developed bonds he hopes he can continue to build on when he joins the team in a few short weeks.

“I certainly felt pretty comfortable,” he said. “I think I’m trying to develop a bond in terms of just overall chemistry. I think I’m most comfortable with Tyrell (Crosby) right now. He’s been cool to me throughout the recruiting process and on my visit he was my host. Last night he was teaching me play calls and he showed me his reads and stuff.”

Okun said he also spent a lot of time talking with redshirt freshman Doug Brenner and senior Jake Fisher on the visit. After meeting with the group, he feels ready to join his new team and they seem ready to welcome him.

“They seemed pretty happy to have me up there with them in a couple weeks,” Okun said. “I’m excited for it.”

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