Oregon has had some success over the years recruiting players out of Long Beach Poly (Calif.). Even the players that chose to sign elsewhere like Darnell Bing (USC) and Hershel Dennis (USC) had Oregon as one of their finalist and it sounds like they'll be in it until the end with Jackrabbit defensive lineman Conan Amituanai as well.
The Ducks have already received a commitment from Poly linebacker Jurray Casey and would love to land a few more Jackrabbits. Amituanai, 6-4, 280 pounds is a physical specimen who is still learning the game but has a lot of upside. He was the top defensive lineman at the SoCal Nike camp where he dominated in the drills and tested very well running a 5.16 in the 40 with 23 reps on the bench.
The athlete is also a talented tight end and is getting looks on both sides of the ball. Amituanai took an official visit to Oregon this past weekend and said he loved everything about the trip.
"I had a great time and really enjoyed myself there," Amituanai said. "I went in to the trip knowing I would have a good time but didn't want to make any decisions until I took a few other visits first. I was hosted by my cousins, Matt and Simi Toeania and it was great to hang out with them. I think the last time we all saw each other was when I was eight or nine. They both really like it at Oregon and having them there to kind of show me around would be a big a plus.
"Eugene is real nice city and I like it a lot there. It's peaceful and not so fast paced like it is our here. I like the campus a lot and the weight room, locker room and all the facilities they have there are great. I was just really impressed with everything. I'm not looking at this decision as a four or five year decision but I'm looking for a family and a place where I feel at home and Oregon has that."
Amituanai had coach Belotti and Pellum in the home earlier tonight but doesn't have any other home visits scheduled.
"I don't have a visit scheduled this week but I may take a trip to Cal (Dec. 16). I'm not sure yet but we're talking. Then I have Washington (Jan. 6) and Arizona (Jan. 13). I should be ready to make my decision after I take that last visit."