2015 Class: Zach Okun

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: offensive guard Zach Okun

Zach Okun

Offensive Guard

Newbury Park (Calif.) HS

6-foot-4, 315-pounds

Commitment Date — March 4, 2014

How he became a Duck — Okun was the first player to verbally commit to the program all the way back in March. Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, a friend of Okun’s high school coach, had been tracking the four-star prospect since his freshman season and marked at his improvement over that time.

The two developed a strong relationship, an offer was extended and Okun made his pledge during an unofficial visit. He later signed a financial aid agreement with the program in September.

Quote —"It just felt right. I was out there for two days and loved every second of it. I've been to a lot of campuses, seen a lot of schools and talked to a lot of coaches, but in the end I felt this was probably my favorite. I love everyone here.” — Okun on committing to Oregon.

What he brings to the table — Okun figures to be part of the next wave of great offensive linemen at Oregon. A U.S. Army All-American and top five prospect at his position in the West region according to Scout.com, Okun brings great size and aggression to the program.

His time with Greatwood has certainly had an effect on him because he already possesses the physicality that you’re used to seeing from an Oregon offensive lineman. He has good upper body strength, keeps his target in front of him or down on the ground and is a solid downfield blocker.

Due to a string of offensive line injuries this season, freshman offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby saw action this season and with three seniors and heavy contributors on the line due to depart, Okun should have the opportunity to work his way up the ladder and see early playing time.

Off the field, like Travis Waller, Okun has been a vocal proponent for the Ducks and has tried to recruit players to join him in Eugene. His main target has been his friend, uncommitted five-star defensive end Rasheem Green.

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