Crist checks out Oregon for second time

Tigard (Ore.) offensive lineman Conner Crist recaps his unofficial visit to Oregon and talks about his relationship with members of the coaching staff.

Tigard (Ore.) offensive guard Conner Crist took an unofficial visit in-state power Oregon over the weekend.

Crist, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound prospect who holds offers from Air Force, Idaho and Yale, made his second such visit to Eugene after taking one last August to watch one of the Ducks’ fall practices. He told on Sunday that this time he got to go a little more in-depth than he did eight months ago.

“This was the first time I was really able to look at the facilities,” he said. “I got to look at the locker room. I got to see the players lounge and the equipment room, so that was really cool to see. Practice was really fun to watch.”

Crist was introduced to offensive coordinator Scott Frost, defensive coordinator Don Pellum and outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander, but spent most of his time with offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and assistant coach Joe Bernardi.

“I really like talking to both of them,” he said. “I feel really comfortable around both of them and just chatting about whatever. I did speak a little bit with (UO head coach Mark) Helfrich. He was just checking in on me.”

Among the topics covered over lunch at the Olive Garden between player and coaches was what Crist needed to work on. It turned out Crist was already a step ahead when asked what he thought those were, nailing the three areas Greatwood wanted to see improvement in: hip mobility, flexibility and quickness.

“He was very honest with me,” Crist said. “He said he wants to see me come out in June for their camp, whether it’s for a day or three days, and see how much I’ve improved. For him to tell me I’m in deep consideration for a scholarship, that was really cool to hear.”

Crist said he has more of a relationship with Bernardi, stating they keep in contact through social media frequently. He expects Bernardi to evaluate him at one of Tigard’s spring practices at the end of May.

But that likely won’t be the last Crist will see of him before the evaluation. Next week, he’ll travel back down to take in the spring game and get a chance to hang out with some friends already committed to the program.

“I really like being around Oregon football,” he said. “I feel very comfortable around that whole environment and I’ve never been to an Oregon spring game before. I want to see what that atmosphere is like.”

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