Mariota Commits To Oregon

The Oregon coaching staff continues to reap the rewards from their Oregon football camp that took place last week. On the heels of verbal pledges from Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral four-star offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena and Kerrville (TX) Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Ducks landed another verbal commit in the form of a highly touted player from the Hawaiian Islands.

Talk about your visit to the mainland last week.

"Basically I went to the University of Washington -- to their one day camp -- and then on the following Tuesday they took me around and showed me an unofficial visit around the campus and did all that good stuff. After that, I went to the Elite 11 camp in Vegas. I thought I did pretty well there. It was hot, but it was worth it. Then I went to Oregon and did their camp. So it was good."

How many days were you in Eugene for?

"From Father's Day till Thursday, so like five days."

Talk about your time at Oregon, specifically. How was the visit?

"It went great. At the camp, I learned a lot from Coach (Mark) Helfrich and when I took the tour on Wednesday, the facilities were just incredible. Coach (Chip) Kelly was just a great guy to be around and it was just a good experience. I actually committed to them on Saturday -- this past Saturday."

And they accepted that verbal commitment from you?

"Yes. I did the visit and I worked out with Coach Helfrich and Coach Kelly. They were really excited they told me. I'm gonna be Duck."

What were your impressions of the coaching staff after getting to finally spend some one-on-one time with them?

"I felt that I could learn a lot from both of them (Helfrich and Kelly). They're both great minds and I feel like I could excel in that offense because Coach Helfrich is a great, great teacher and Coach Kelly is the same way. They're great people and I'm looking forward to playing for them."

What was your impression of Eugene from what you got a chance to see?

"I felt like it was a bigger high school, you know. It's a college town and everyone there wears green and yellow. It's great. I thought it was cool to walk around and see that exemplified through the students and the people who live around that area. It makes me excited as a person to know that everyone's behind you and supports you."

Do you have any other unofficial or officials visits planned?

"Oh no. I'm pretty much done. I'm setting up my official visit to Oregon pretty soon, so we'll figure that out...I'm a Duck."

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