Lineman Decides on Ducks after Visit

Ryan Clanton, 6-5, 300, knew a couple of guys when he traveled to Eugene last weekend for an official visit. However, when the SFCC sophomore met the Oregon line, Clanton felt right at home and by the end of the visit knew that Oregon was the place for him. Clanton became the 14th verbal commitment this season, and he plans on enrolling for winter term at Oregon.

Ryan Clanton is a team captain, and has started on the offensive line for San Francisco City College for two years in a row. He was a pre-season JC All-American and is being recruited by Oregon as a guard or tackle, but has played at every line position while at SFCC. Oregon Offensive Line Coach Steve Greatwood is someone Clanton gets along with very well, along with Head Coach Chip Kelly.

"I felt comfortable with the coaches," said Clanton of his decision to go to Oregon. "I felt a good vibe from talking to Chip Kelly, and Steve Greatwood is one of the best O-line coaches in the nation. With his coaching I feel I can reach my full potential."

Clanton also mentioned that academically, Oregon has several programs that he is interested in. Even though he has not yet decided upon a major, he has three years to complete two years of eligibility. Clanton very much wants to earn a degree at Oregon. His other aspiration is going on to the NFL.

Another factor for Clanton was that Jeremiah Masoli and Blake Ferras, also alumni of SFCC, had an impact on him. While both were a little ahead of Clanton's time at SFCC, the pair (especially Masoli) made an impression on him during his official visit this weekend.

"I definitely felt comfortable with him," Clanton said of Masoli. "With him running the offense I was convinced to commit there."

Perhaps one of the biggest factors in Clanton's decision are the guys on the offensive line who remind Clanton of himself, and he feels he fits right in with the rest of the group.

"I feel I can get along and be able to gel with guys," Clanton said. "All I can do is give my all to help Oregon."

Clanton will graduate from SFCC this December, and plans on enrolling for winter term at Oregon. He will also be able to participate in spring workouts with the Ducks.

The big linemen is a product of Bakersfield Christian HS (Bakersfield, Calif.).

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