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Lake Forest (Ill.) defensive end Thomas Schaffer recaps his official visit to Oregon

Months after receiving his offer from Oregon, Austrian-born prospect Thomas Schaffer made his official visit to Eugene over the weekend

Three-star defensive end Thomas Schaffer made the trek to the Pacific Northwest over the weekend for an official visit to the University of Oregon. Schaffer recapped the visit with on Sunday evening and said the trip went "great". 

"I really liked what I heard from the coaches," he said. He further added, "The facilities are obviously — they're probably the best I've seen. It's really great."

When it came to the coaching staff, Schaffer spent most of his time with defensive line coach Ron Aiken. He also talked with defensive coordinator Don Pellum. 

"Coach Pellum was just talking about football generally," he said. "Coach Aiken talked with me about which position I would play and what I would do and how they move around and such."

A long prospect at 6-foot-7, 260-pounds, Aiken and Pellum like Schaffer as a defensive end. In fact, from what Schaffer was told, the Ducks view him as a player in the mold of their top defensive player. 

"They would put me in like DeForest Buckner," he said. "As like a big, athletic guy who's long and still can move around." 

Schaffer also got to experience a little bit of the player lifestyle and mingled with primarily freshman and sophomore team members during his visit.

"I hung out with sophomore (defensive end) Henry Mondeaux, freshman Canton Kaumatule and redshirt freshman Drayton Carlberg," he said. "And then some guys who were also redshirt freshman. It was pretty nice meeting them and generally spending time (with them). It was a nice experience." 

Being that it was his first time in Eugene, Schaffer tried to absorb what he could in his limited time in the area. 

"It's a small town," he said. "The area is pretty and it's like a typical college town, I guess. Like, the town stops for the football game. But it's a very nice area I feel like."

Schaffer will get another look at Oregon while on an official visit to Stanford next weekend. While there, he's looking forward to receiving more of the student athlete experience. After that he'll take a visit to Wisconsin and then begin the decision making process. An official decision should come sometime in December or January. 

With his Oregon visit in the books, Schaffer said he's without a leader until he can see the other programs. 

"I don't really want to rank anybody right now because I haven't seen the other schools in-depth like I have seen Oregon," he said.

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