Gut feeling guides Bathke to UO

Orange County (Calif.) Lutheran offensive tackle Logan Bathke discusses why he chose to verbally commit to the University of Oregon

Oregon received it’s 11th verbal commitment from the 2016 class this week in the form of Orange County (Calif.) Lutheran offensive tackle Logan Bathke.

Bathke spoke with eDuck on Wednesday about his decision and the three-star prospect said that he had a gut feeling about Oregon as early as a couple of weeks ago after seeing what they had to offer in comparison to the rest of his top four: UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State.

“We took all the tours and, I mean, they were all pretty great,” he said. “But when we went to Oregon, I don’t know, there’s just a special feel. My family and I talked and they said ‘yeah same thing’. They could just see me there. I mean, all the facilities are great, the coaching staff is awesome and just the town itself is based around the school so I just fell in love with it.”

Bathke said that the coaches were thrilled about his commitment when he informed them of his decision and that his future position coach Steve Greatwood believes that he can play just about anywhere on the offensive line.

“Coach Greatwood said that I’m pretty versatile,” he said. “He said that he could see me at any of those positions.”

Bathke has only ever played offensive tackle, but he’ll adjust to wherever the coaches need him if a change occurs. With seven months to go until National Signing Day he’ll be spending a majority of that time focusing on academics, but he also wants to add to his 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame before arriving in Eugene.

“I definitely want to put on more weight,” he said. “Hopefully maybe 25 pounds before then.”

Bathke hasn’t thought about early enrollment but indicated that it could be a possibility down the line once he discusses his options with his family.

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