Ducks pick up verbal from Nevada

Ramond (pronounced re-MOND) White, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker prospect from Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley, verbally committed to the University of Oregon on his official visit this past weekend.

"I went to San Diego State (12/13) on an official visit, and I liked the people a lot there, but Oregon had more to offer," Ramond told TheInsiders.com Tuesday afternoon. "They are established as a dominant team in the Pac-10, so it's not like I was going into a new situation. I have to say it was a little different than I thought it was going to be. It was really family-oriented, which is great."

Tim Day, another Nevada native, was White's host. "He told me that he likes it a lot up there," Ramond said. "He said it's a lot slower-paced up there and it's hard to get in trouble. And he said it's great playing for the coaches. DP (Don Pellum) came down to our house and explained how the academics were, so when I went on my visit I already had pretty much made my mind up that Oregon was where I wanted to go, it was just a matter of seeing what the city and the school were like. When I saw the stadium I was like, 'Wow'. And the facilities. And the coaches and players made me feel like I was part of a family, even though I was just on a visit."

The Ducks are recruiting White as a linebacker. "Coach Pellum coaches all the linebackers so he coaches everything and then puts you where you'll do the best," he said. "I would like to play inside, but wherever they want me to play I'll do it." Oregon State was supposed to get a visit from White this coming weekend, but Ramond is not sure if he's going to take it. "I've found the place that's the best for me, and I don't know if I can even take the trip to be honest. The Oregon State coaches haven't called me up yet. But from what I've seen, Oregon is the place for me."

Another Green Valley star, Mitch Platt, is slated to join the Duck hoopsters this next fall, and that didn't hurt when White was thinking about Eugene. "Him going up there factored in a little," Ramond said. "It's nice knowing someone else so it's not like you're going up there alone."

White's last 40 time was a 4.5, his vertical leap is 36 inches and his best bench and squat are 300 and 400 pounds, respectively.


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