Caught Practice But Remains Non-Committal

Eugene -- Tate Forcier, one of the premiere quarterback recruits in the nation for the Class of 2009, took in Oregon practice today on his first unofficial visit of the spring.

"Coach Kelly wanted me to come take a visit, and they had practice today, so we rushed over here from Portland to catch practice," Forcier said.

Asked whether the Ducks' quarterback tradition and the recent success of Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon factored into his love of Oregon, Forcier was blunt.

"Definitely. I saw what Dennis Dixon was, and I saw what he ended up becoming. I know he has raw athleticism, but I know that a lot of (his success) was because of Coach Kelly and what he did with him. I feel Coach Kelly can take my game to another level. That's a big part of my decision."

The 6'1", 190-pound quarterback arrived in Eugene earlier in the day and hadn't had a chance to see much of the campus.

"We got into town here earlier today," Forcier explained. "We drove over here, and the first thing we did was meet with Coach Bellotti. We talked with him for awhile about the situation at the quarterback position, and that was about it. We did a quick little tour, and now it's on to practice. We're going to talk to the coaches afterwards, and that's about it."

Forcier stood behind drills while taking in practice and asked questions of the coaching staff on rare occasions.

The four-star rated quarterback said that he has over 30 offers, and that they have come from all over the country. He currently holds offers from seven Pac-10 schools (all except UCLA, USC and Cal) as well as offers from Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M, Kansas Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Iowa among others.

Despite a wide range of offers, Forcier has yet to eliminate any schools.

"It's hard to eliminate any schools," he said. "Oregon's the first school I've visited, besides Stanford and UCLA – because my brothers go there. It's hard to eliminate any, because I have nothing negative on the schools, because I haven't visited all of them. Hopefully, by my senior season, I will be able to eliminate as many as I can and really narrow it down."

The fact that the NCAA is currently upholding a dead-period – a time when coaches are not allowed to call recruits– has not appeared to keep Forcier from remaining busy.

"It's hectic, due to the fact that I have so many schools to call. I mean, by the time I finish calling all the schools, I've got to start all over again."

Asked about his top 7-10 schools, Forcier remained noncommittal.

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