Bainivalu talks Ducks offer

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline offensive tackle Henry Bainivalu talks about his latest offer from Oregon and his upcoming appearance at the Nike Opening Regional in Eugene.

Henry Bainivalu joined a small group of 2017 athletes with an offer from the University of Oregon following an impressive showing at the Northwest Elite Football Camp last weekend. Scott Eklund reported the news first for Scout.com.

Bainivalu, a 6-foot-6, 302-pound offensive tackle out of Sammamish (Wash.) and Skyline High School spoke with eDuck about the offer, which was extended by Oregon graduate assistant coach Joe Bernardi.

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” he said. “It really hit me in the morning after the camp. I realized ‘Whoa, this is Oregon.’ This is one of those big schools I talk about and you hear about in the news so it was pretty surreal.”

The Ducks join an offer list that currently includes Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, California, USC and Michigan, and Bainivalu said he’s currently open to any program. He believes his footwork display at the camp was key to landing the offer.

“Most of the things I was doing at the camp was footwork based since we didn’t have pads,” he said. “I think that what (Bernardi) liked the most just seeing how I can move and how athletic I was.”

Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood introduced himself to Bainivalu a while back, but Bainivalu said that there wasn’t a lot of development between him and the Ducks until the camp this past weekend.

He will make his first trip to Oregon this weekend for the Nike Opening Camp on Sunday. While there, he hopes to see how he measures up against his competition and learn more about what he should be working on to improve his game over the summer. If possible, he will stay in Eugene a little longer.

“We’re trying to see if we can set up a visit this weekend as well,” he said.

So far, Bainivalu has only visited nearby Washington and he had some positive things to say about the program.

“I liked the school and the facilities they have there are pretty cool,” he said of Washington. “(Head coach Chris) Petersen and Coach (Chris) Strausser were really nice.”

Stick with eDuck over the weekend for an update on Bainivalu.


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