Helfrich visits McMillon at Whitehaven HS

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich was in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday to visit four-star Whitehaven linebacker Joshua McMillon. Where do the Ducks stand after the meeting?

As expected, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich stopped by Whitehaven high school in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday to speak with linebacker target Joshua McMillon and head coach Rodney Saulsberry.

According to Saulsberry, both he and McMillon, an Alabama soft commit listed at 6-foot-3, 239-pounds, listened in as the second-year head coach made his pitch and presented the four-star prospect with options should Alabama not pan out for him.

"I kind of appreciated the way they went about it,” Saulsberry said. “They’re like ‘We’re not trying to cloud your mind any more or anything else, but we really wanted to give you the opportunity to know that we’re interested and if you go on your visit and you still have questions and you still have interest in us give us a call, and if not we understand.’

“They did impress upon him that they really did think it was a great opportunity for him to help their program. So I was a was appreciative of the way they approached it. They didn’t do any high-pressure tactics or anything on him, they just talked to him and started the makings of a relationship. Everything seemed to go well.”

The topic of an official visit was also broached. Helfrich seemingly placed the ball in McMillon’s court for whether or not the Ducks would use one of the few visits they have left at their disposal.

“They put it on the table that if he wants to visit to call next week and then they can move forward with possibly setting up a visit,” Saulsberry said.

The Ducks should know shortly if their chances will improve with McMillon, who’s on his way to Tuscaloosa to visit what is currently his future home. The Crimson Tide are currently without a linebackers coach, which has put McMillon in a sort of limbo according to his head coach. If the situation isn’t rectified, it could open up other options.

“Everything is going to predicated on who Alabama hires for the linebackers coaching job and things of that nature,” Saulsberry said. “That’s kind of where everything stands. He’s kind of in a holding pattern trying to see which direction they’re going.”

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