Central Catholic linebacker La'Mar Winston is no stranger to Eugene. Since committing to Oregon back in July, the senior has been a regular at home games this year and in that span of time he's been able to just about see everything that the Ducks have to offer a student athlete. Over the weekend, Winston took his official visit and got a chance to experience something new, namely the pregame walk through as well as some one-on-one time with the players at their off-campus housing.
Winston spent most of his time players like former Central Catholic Ram Alex Balducci, quarterback Travis Jonsen and his host, wide receiver Alex Ofodile and commented on how the living situation will be beneficial for him next year.
"I think it'll be great," Winston said. "I like the way the housing is set up and I like that were able to live with two other teammates and that type of stuff. I kind of got the idea of who I'm going to live with. Of course that depends on if we get some more commits or not, which I'm pretty sure we will because the guys I was hanging out with — Calvin Bundage and Keith (Simms) and all those guys — they're actually really great guys and I feel like we have a chance to get them to come to Oregon."
Of course, Winston took in Saturday's Oregon loss to Washington State in double overtime and from his perspective, it wasn't so much of an effort or talent problem that led to the defeat as much as it was a breakdown in coverage.
"It was frustrating (Saturday)," he said. "We should've beat those guys. I know that we had the game. But at the end of the day teams are going to have struggles and problems."
Winston was excited about the news that Oregon landed a new commitment on Sunday from four-star defensive end Bryson Young, a player he worked on trying to get to commit two weeks ago while Young was on his official visit.
"I watched the film," he said. "He's very physical. I like it. He has nice technique and all that so I'm excited about what he can probably bring to the team next year and how he's going to help us improve on this recruiting class."
But while the Ducks added a player, there's a possibility they may lose another pledge to the class this week. Jared Mayden told eDuck on Sunday night that he's mulling over whether to stay committed following his official visit, but noted that there's a good chance he'll stick with his initial choice in Oregon. Winston weighed in with his thoughts on how important keeping Mayden is to the class.
"It's very important because he's obviously one of the top cornerbacks in the nation and he's really, really, really good," he said. "We need (defensive backs). We have young DBs right now. Next year we could bring Jared in there and he could compete for a spot, which I'm sure he's more than capable of. He could contribute to the lack of DB experience that we have. I'm hoping that he stays committed because he has an opportunity to play and, on top of that, he's really good and he'll help lead this class as far talent and executing on the field."