Bringing some of the South to the Northwest

Tucker Callahan, from Fairhope, Alabama made his first trip to the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with what he saw. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound linebacker said he had a great time on his trip to the University of Oregon last weekend (1/7-9) and he indicated that the Warsaw School of Business was one of the things that convinced him that Oregon was the right place for him.

"Loved everything about it," said Tucker about his trip to Oregon.

Tucker and his family toured the campus with Jonathan Stewart and Jonathan's mom. They visited the School of Business and the Callahan family was impressed with the professionalism of the school and just how things run. Tucker also felt that both Jonathan and his (Jonathan's) mom were very impressed and happy with the trip.

Tucker went onto say that he had a chance to put some faces and names together. He met Brian Truelove, Matt Bramow and Nick Reed (to name just a few). He and Brian may link up and become roommates at Oregon when Tucker heads out west around just after the 4th of July. Tucker graduates from high school in the middle of May.

"We're going to bring some the south up there and see how that works," laughed Tucker.

John Bacon was Tucker's host for the trip. On Saturday night the recruits headed over to McArthur Court when the Oregon Men took on Oregon State. Sometime during the game the crowd started chanting to the recruits "play for the Ducks." Tucker thought that was very cool and even believes that the love shown by Oregon students and fans may have convinced some of the visitors that Oregon is the place to be.

During the trip, Callahan had a chance to meet some of the players including Haloti Ngata.

"A very big man," described Tucker Callahan of Ngata.

Callahan has 4.5 speed and that should bode well for him. He comes from a high school team that his father Mark characterized as being about Team and not about individual statistics. Oregon has found a good fit in Tucker Callahan and perhaps some of the south is already on its way to the Willamette Valley.

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