Dublanko checks out Oregon once again

Aberdeen (Wash.) middle linebacker Joel Dublanko discusses where Oregon sits with him after taking his second unofficial visit of the season there over the weekend. He also gives a preview of his offseason plans.

Aberdeen (Wash.) middle linebacker Joel Dublanko took an unofficial visit to Oregon over the weekend, the second time he has done so this season following a visit for the Stanford game earlier this month.

The four-star prospect was impressed by the Ducks 44-10 victory over Colorado and shared his thoughts on the visit with eDuck on Monday night.

“I thought it was really good,” he said. ““They played great. It was a little bit of a blowout so that’s always good to see when you come and see how a school looks.”

Dublanko is a member of the Scout 300 for 2016 and ranked eighth at his position nationally at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. Although he doesn’t hold an Oregon offer yet, he has definite interest in the Ducks. He hopes to land an offer once they review his junior highlight film

“They’re very high on my radar,” he said.

Because of the multiple opportunities he’s had to be around the program, Dublanko has had the opportunity to interact several members of the coaching staff including head coach Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Don Pellum and outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander.

“I think that I have a very good relationship with them,” he said. “I’ve visited quite a few times. We know each other very well. When I camped there, I did really well. They were super excited about me.”

Mississippi State, Tennessee and Washington State have all offered Dublanko, and those programs have taken priority with him. But, he said that he does not have a favorite and is taking every program that’s shown interest in him seriously, even if an offer hasn’t surfaced.

“I just like hearing from all schools,” he said. “Every time I get a letter it’s encouraging. All the interest I get is not overlooked.”

While Dublanko has spent most of the last two offseasons participating at camps, this year he hopes to use more of that time taking visits to various programs. He hasn’t set up an itinerary yet, but he’s not ruling out unofficial visits to Mississippi State or Tennessee.

“We haven’t really talked about it, but I could definitely see us going back over there,” he said. “Maybe hit a different region like the Northeast or the Midwest, like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, something like that.”


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