Does Oregon have a shot with McMillon?

Oregon is going into Tennessee to try and land another linebacker, but do they have a shot with Alabama verbal commit Joshua McMillon? His high school coach, Rodney Saulsberry, gives an update on where the Ducks stand with McMillon with three weeks left until National Signing Day.

National Signing Day is three weeks from tonight, and while Oregon has put together a solid unit comprised of 19 athletes from the 2015 class, the coaching staff is trying to add a few more prospects with high upside to make the class complete.

One of those prospects is current Alabama commit Joshua McMillon. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven HS linebacker verbally committed to Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban back in August, but he has kept his options open and is listening to other programs.

In an interview with on Wednesday night, McMillon’s head coach at Whitehaven, Rodney Saulsberry said that the senior has been intrigued by Oregon since participating at The Opening over the summer on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, two hours north of the UO campus in Eugene.

“It never got serious then,” Saulsberry said. “But the hint was there then to go out to Oregon and the Nike Campus and make that trip where he got a chance to talk to some of the Oregon guys that may have been committed at the time.”

During McMillon’s time at the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month, Saulsberry indicated that the four-star linebacker, who played for the Black squad alongside Ducks commits Canton Kaumatule and Alex Ofodile, continued to be enticed to come play for Oregon.

Shortly after the Under Armour festivities, Oregon outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander contacted Saulsberry and began asking him questions about McMillon.

“He called and he asked what kind of kid Josh was and whatnot and I told him,” Saulsberry said. “(UO head coach Mark) Helfrich is supposed to be coming by the school on Friday morning to stop in and see him.”

Saulsberry believes that the interest Oregon is showing is genuine, but this late in the game Helfrich and Chinander may have their work cut out for them.

“I think they’re committed to showing him that they really are sincere with their interest in him,” he said. “I think they’re trying to take a stab at it, but right now I’m one that, until he tells me otherwise, he’s solid with Alabama.”

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