Four-star Oregon commit Dillon Mitchell took his official visit over the weekend to Eugene and watched as Oregon fell to Washington State 45-38 in double overtime. The 6-foot-0.5, 191-pound wide receiver, who has been verbally committed to the program for almost a year, told eDuck on Sunday night that the loss didn’t dampen his or his family's spirits during the visit.
“It was great being being there just watching the game live,” he said. “Seeing the game actually played I thought we dominated for most of the three quarters until it got the fourth and overtime. I believe they just took their foot off the gas a little bit.”
Outside of the game, Mitchell got a chance to get closer with the players and coaching staff during his time in Eugene.
“I hung out with most of the receivers and a couple of the running backs in the player’s lounge,” he said. “I hung out with some other recruits. Talked with Coach Helfrich and Coach Lubick for most of the trip.”
While talking with Helfrich and Lubick, Mitchell went over the Ducks game plan and even broke down some film. Later on with Lubick, they talked about the opportunities that Mitchell could have next season if some players depart.
“He talked about probably losing Byron Marshall to being a senior, Bralon (Addison) to the NFL and Devon Allen to track for the Olympics,” he said. “And just coming in next year and trying to compete and play as a true freshman. That was about all he said.”
Hearing about those opportunities was enough encouragement for Mitchell to push himself before his freshman season begins.
“I can’t say it makes me work harder because I already do that,” he said. “But it does put something in the back of my mind to work for my following year as a freshman to go in there and make plays for the team.”
With the visit in the rearview mirror, Mitchell has no other visit plans before arriving in Eugene in early January. Echoing similar statements from new commit Bryson Young, he believes the 2016 class could help lead Oregon back to a championship game in the future.
“I believe that if we come in there and do what we’re supposed to do we have all the intangibles to do it,” he said. “Our class is one of the best classes they’ve had in some years. I believe our class and the class before us from ’15 can be the ones that take Oregon back to the National Championship.”