Ducks make jump with Eifler after visit

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd linebacker Camilo Eifler was in Eugene over the weekend to check out Oregon. Find out what stood out to him during his two-day stint in the Willamette Valley.

Oregon hosted a number of 2016 and 2017 prospects over the weekend and again on Monday following the conclusion of The Opening regional camp that took place on the practice fields behind Autzen Stadium on Sunday.

One player who visited but did not participate at the camp was Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd linebacker Camilo Eifler. Armed with only some general knowledge about Oregon prior to the trip, the four-star prospect told eDuck that he’s glad he visited and learned more about what the Ducks had to offer, and that should help them going forward in his recruitment.

“They definitely took a jump in the recruiting,” he said. “I’ll definitely be paying more and more attention to Oregon.”

Eifler arrived on Sunday morning and took a three-hour academic tour around the Oregon campus before heading over to watch the camp.

“It was great,” he said. “I met with some academic counselors and advisors really just telling me (about) the academic side of Oregon and how they’re going to plan out, you know, meet with them and plan out the schedule, what classes I’m going to take, major and what classes I need to take to graduate and help me decide what kind of career I want after football.”

On Monday, Eifler toured the facilities, met with the coaches and trainers, saw Autzen Stadium and even checked out Phil Knight’s personal suite. However, the bells and whistles weren’t what stood out. Rather, it was the foundation the long-tenured coaching staff has built over the course of the Ducks’ successful run.

“Coach Don Pellum has been there for awhile now and he’s a great coach,” he said. “I feel like I could learn a lot from him. Him and Coach (Erik) Chinander are two great linebackers coaches and they make players even greater. And especially with the help of (head coach Mark) Helfrich and the way he has the program set up they do really well.”

In fact, Eifler said he has developed a strong relationship with Pellum over the course of his recruitment. During the visit he strengthened that bond when the two went over film with his mother in attendance.

“It really just showed me where I could fit in whether I’m inside or outside backer,” he said of the film session. “Either way I’d just be making plays and really just helping the team out.”

Eiffel plans on committing in August and indicated the Ducks will be a player when that time comes. Until then he’ll be checking out more programs, starting with a trip down south next week.

“I’ll be at Texas A&M next Monday,” he said.

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