February 15, 2011

Ducks offer Cali OL

The Oregon Ducks do not have many offers out to the Class of 2012 yet. As Chip Kelly enters his third season as Oregon's head coach, he has implemented a policy of extremely thorough background reviews before making offers. One of those who has passed muster and holds an offer from the Pac-10 champions is Carlsbad offensive tackle Erik Magnuson.

Duck Sports Authority caught up with the 6-foot-6 280 pound lineman to find out how the offer came about. "I went up to the Oregon camp last summer and did well," began Magnuson. "I got to work out with the best players there. They did our40 times, jumping, everything like that. Coach Kelly was there so that was really cool. So they invited me up for a game after that. It was the Stanford game and that's where they told me they were seriously considering offering me. I wasn't sure it was going to happen but then two days after their bowl game I talked to Coach Greatwood and he said that I would get an offer. I was stoked."

The criteria the West Coast standout will use to pick a school is nothing unusual. "First I want to go to a program that will be a winning program because I like to win. I would also like to go to a school where I could start for three out of my five years. But I also want a school where it will be good for my future in case football doesn't work out."

And how would Oregon stack up to that?

"Oregon fits those really well," said Magnuson. "The ultimate was going up to the Stanford game. That stadium is crazy. The fans, the atmosphere around there, it was nuts. I had a great time. I really like Oregon a lot. I think I could really fit in there."

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