Lemieux ready for UO official

Oregon offensive guard verbal commit Shane Lemieux has already attended a number of Ducks games this season but will take his official visit this Saturday for the home finale. What does he hope to do on the trip?

Three-star Yakima (Wash.) West Valley offensive guard will take an official visit to Oregon, his future collegiate home, this weekend when the Ducks take the field in their home finale against Colorado. Lemieux has attended multiple Oregon games this season and has seen and done several things. But he told eDuck on Tuesday that his official visit will present him the opportunity to to go more in-depth with the players and experience a few things he's been unable to on his unofficial visits.

"The biggest goal is to kinda build a bond with some of the players, you know, build some relationships," he said. "Because it's not too long before I'm going to be hanging out with them and being on the same team. An unofficial visit is one thing but an official visit I get to go on the walk, I get to go on all the stuff. I just get to the whole atmosphere, all the offensive meetings, all that kind of stuff. I'm pretty pumped."

Lemieux is looking forward to picking the brains of a few veteran linemen and to start building the kind of chemistry that has helped guide the Ducks through multiple injuries this season and a 9-1 record to date.

"Offensive line is all about unity," he said. "Just building that special bond. I mean, it's a brotherhood. I already know Tyrell Crosby pretty well from some of my visits and I'd like to kinda meet him some more. Jake Fisher, I've watched him for a couple of years now and I've kinda looked up to him in the way I play so (I want to) just kinda build a better relationship with him. Some of the older veteran type of guys I'd like to get to know."

Given that he has attended more games than any other 2015 Oregon commit, Lemieux can say he's been present for the highs and lows the team has experienced this season. Much of the focus on those highs and lows have revolved around the health of the offensive line, but Lemieux was quick to credig offensive line coach Steve Greatwood for holding things together through the adversity.

"It's just crazy how Greatwood can plug in guys and I really like how he plays offensive linemen at every position just so they're familiar with everything, especially their game planning," he said. "I was at the Stanford game and (head coach Mark) Helfrich is in the locker room and he's like 'Do we even need a pep talk?' and everyone said 'No!'. It was just quiet after that. I could tell they were prepared and their preparation from what I've seen has been awesome."

Although somewhat biased, Lemieux believes Oregon should be the top team in the country. Not only did he praise Greatwood for his work with the current group of Ducks, but also with the developing bond he's had with the man that he says he feels is already a mentor.

"He already seems like he's my coach right now," he said. "When he calls me it's always a 'How's your family doing, how's school going?'. It's the same thing my coach would ask me. He's always in to what I'm doing and that's really cool."

Lemieux has already wrapped up his senior season and his Rams squad had a rough year making the transition from 2A to 4A football this season with a 4-6 record. But, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound guard said that the experience has helped improve his play for the next level.

"From last year to this year just looking the talent level's doubled," he said. "It made me work a little bit and I liked it because it's kinda what I'm going to see at the next level. I'm going to go through hardships and it's all about responding to adversity."

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