Crist recaps Oregon spring game visit

A week after taking an extensive unofficial visit to Oregon, Tigard (Ore.) offensive guard Conner Crist was back in Eugene for the spring game. How was the experience? Find out below

Tigard (Ore.) offensive guard Conner Crist made his second visit in as many weeks to Oregon over the weekend. This time, Crist checked out the Ducks’ spring game for the first time and he told that it was a fun experience.

“It was really fun to see,” he said. “I think there were over 35,000 people there, so that was really cool. And they were full of energy and pretty loud.”

Crist said it was encouraging to see that Oregon still looked very much like Oregon despite losing key players in Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Arik Armstead, Jake Fisher, Hrnoiss Grasu, Erick Dargan and, of course, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

While observing the scrimmage, Crist spent time catching up with fellow recruits, including Bend (Ore.) tight end Cam McCormick, who committed to the program a couple of months back.

“I hung out with Cam quite a bit,” he said. “We talk a lot through Twitter. It was fun getting to see him because I don’t get to see him a lot because, obviously, he’s in Bend. I talked with Brady Breeze briefly and then Brady Aiello. He’s a 2015 commit on the offensive line that I met last year at their camp and that was good to see him again.”

Crist also spent time with Ducks offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and assistant coach Joe Bernardi.

“I talked to Coach Bernardi and Coach Greatwood a bit before and after the game,” he said. “Just talked about the game and that Coach Bernardi’s coming up in, I think, a couple weeks to check out one of my practices and that I’m probably going to be going to their football camp in June.”

Crist has been hard at work trying to improve in a few areas that the coaches talked about during his last visit. Thanks to track, where he just set a personal record in the shot put last week (45 ft. 10 in.), he said he has been able to improve his hip mobility and explosiveness. Now with spring football on the horizon, Crist is happy to put that on display for the coaches and enjoy his time on the gridiron before summer vacation.

“I’m so happy,” he said. “I have a countdown on my phone. Spring football is one of the times where it’s a learning experience but there’s fun in it because it doesn’t really mean a lot except getting better.”

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