Divinity discusses Oregon offer

Four-star Marrero (La.) Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity discusses his offer from Oregon and his plans for the offseason.

Despite a push in the winter months, the 2014 and 2015 recruiting cycles have not been bountiful for Oregon when it comes to linebackers. They’re hoping 2016 will be a different story.

On Friday, the Ducks offered a pair of Marrero (La.) Ehret linebackers in Dejon Harris and four-star prospect Michael Divinity, with Harris telling eDuck on Saturday that the offer, his first, led to his phone blowing up shortly after the news broke.

Divinity caught more eyes early on, landing offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M to name a few, but he told eDuck that the Oregon offer was one he was hoping for because he’s been a fan of the program.

“I was really happy,” he said. “I told my coach that I really liked Oregon and their defense. You know the way they played this year was very great.”

Divinity has spoken to much of the coaching staff in recent weeks, including head coach Mark Helfrich and defensive coordinator Don Pellum, during which time they conducted a background check on his academic standing and social media behavior before extending the offer.

But it’s the relationship that the 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect is developing with outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander that’s been the key to Oregon’s progress so far.

“The relationship me and Coach Erik have right now is very great,” he said. “We talk a lot, we text on Twitter and we’re just building a great relationship.”

Along with Harris and Divinity, the Ducks offered top Midlands linebacker Dontavious Jackson this week, affirming that Oregon will be aggressive early on with 2016 backers. Divinity said that Chinander plans on bringing in a big haul this year.

“He said this is going to be a big 2016 class so they’re going to try and find a lot of linebackers,” he said.

Divinity, who wants to study architecture and engineering in college, wants to visit Oregon but isn’t sure of when he’ll be taking visits because of his camp schedule. He plans on attending the Rivals Speed and Skills Challenge in Houston (Tex.) on Mar. 28, an NFTC camp in the coming months, and he is hoping for an invite to return to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge.

“I’m going to prove that I’m the best linebacker in the nation at these camps,” he said.

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