On the biggest recruiting weekend of the year to date, Oregon found themselves on the wrong end of a 62-20 drubbing, suffering it’s worst home loss in decades in front of a cadre of highly rated defensive recruits taking official visits last Saturday.
One of those recruits was four-star linebacker Michael Divinity, who told eDuck that despite the unimpressive showing on the field, it didn’t change his view on Oregon nor spoil his trip.
“Overall it was great,” he said. “I loved it. I want to go back up there again. I told my parents I want to go back up there again. It was fun.”
Like most who watched the game, Divinity was surprised at the outcome and summed it up to Utah wanting it more. However, he believes the Ducks will turn it around against Colorado next week and said the attitude of the players after the game was encouraging.
“Utah came out with more heart and you’ve got to give it to them,” he said. “Got to give them credit. After the game none of the players had their head down. Kirk (Merritt), all of them believe they still have a chance.”
Merritt, a fellow Louisiana native Merritt who committed back in February, was Divinity’s host. It was a welcome sight for the 6-foot-2, 206-pound prospect, who hadn’t seen his friend in months.
“We had fun chilling at his dorm room,” he said. “Played a game and talked and laughed and caught up because I don’t know the last time he came home. The last time I had seen him was a state championship track meet.”
Divinity also met Mattrell McGraw, another Lousiana commir from two years ago. Outside of players, he spoke with defensive coordinator Don Pellum and outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander and learned about everything from education, to the way the program is run and even how the player/coach dynamic changes from on to off the field.
“No question is a dumb question,” he said. “You might as well ask it and get your answer.”
Education was an area both he and his mother wanted to learn even more about on the visit. Divinity came away impressed after learning about his class options and opportunities saying it raised “a lot of eyebrows”.
“The had everything laid out,” he said.
Divinity’s next visit will be to LSU on Oct. 17. Having already established a good relationship with the coaching staff and talked with some players, including Duke Riley, Malachi Dupre and Leonard Fournette, he wants to spend more time getting to know the players personally and learn more about the program’s educational opportunities.
“I see their relationship is great and it’s fun,” he said of the Tigers coaching staff. “At the same time I want to see a lot more things.”
Divinity has plans to make a decision by either late November or early December.