With the spring evaluation period alive and well, recruiting is beginning to fall into place for Joey Ramos.
The three-star offensive tackle from Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley recently made stops at Arizona State and UCLA, seeing two of his top suitors again before setting his sights on next week's trip to childhood dream school Oregon.
The 6-foot-4, 272-pound lineman saw the Bruins first, making his second stop of the year earlier this month to watch a full-pads practice.
"It's just beautiful; I loved it out there again," Ramos told Scout.com. "I can't wait to see improvement with the new offensive line coach, Hank Fraley, putting his stuff into it. I liked seeing how the coaches are one big group and come together. Other than that, it was nice seeing some nastiness up front.
"It was my second time there as a recruit and it was great. Coach Fraley, I love his story and how hard he worked. He wants to integrate all of that into what he's doing there and wants to get them working as hard as they can. I can't wait to see the techniques come into play."
Ramos did get a chance to sit down with Fraley and hear his recruiting pitch.
"He talked about what he sees in me, what I can improve on and what he could build me into," Ramos said. "It's about what it would take for me to be an NFL offensive lineman one day. Right now, UCLA is probably sitting up there in the top three. I'm not sure in what order yet, but they're definitely in that top group."
The Sun Devils drew a visit, too, as Ramos was able to check out the hometown program for the spring game last week.
"I attended the junior day and toured the facilities, and it was nice," Ramos said. "I met the new O-line coach, (Rob) Sale, and he's a great guy. Again, I can't wait to see them once they get comfortable with the new techniques he's brought on.
"They make me feel like a priority. They tell me, along with Solomon Enis, over and over that we could be the leaders of this class. We could be hometown heroes and they want to keep Arizona kids in Arizona."
Oregon was a dream offer for Ramos growing up and, when the Ducks joined the sheet in late February, he didn't shy away from labeling it a major one in his recruitment.
"Eugene is a beautiful place," Ramos said. "I love their campus, I love their coaches and I obviously love their football team. The facility is state of the art, but that's not really what's important. Being able to fit in there is big and I could see myself fitting in there. Coach (Mario) Cristobal has told me he wants to coach me, plain and simple, and always points out the little techniques I could work on."
Ramos hasn't thought about making an early decision but he could be close to narrowing his list.
"I want to speed it up a little bit more," Ramos said. "With the new rule where you can sign in December now, I really like that and it would relieve a lot of stress if I do graduate early. I would like to start narrowing it down to maybe a top four and start focusing on those schools."