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Big Pac-12 offer intrigues OBrien

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Connor O'Brien said his newest offer from Oregon is outstanding and it's definitely a school he'll strongly consider but the Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic safety doesn't want to commit on the spot.
O'Brien, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound three-star prospect, is on a visit swing to Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado and he said Thursday night the Ducks offered. It's a big one especially after O'Brien saw the Oregon campus that day.
"The school itself is just incredible and they set you up for success there," O'Brien said. "They have great academic support, their weight room is unbelievable and they're getting a new one put in right now. Their stadium is great. The coaches are just spectacular, too. They want you to have success there and it's a great place.
"I've been talking to the coaches but I wasn't sure. It's a big-time school and it happened so that's a great feeling.
"It's definitely one I'll strongly consider. How could you not? It's such a good school. They win there. There are still other schools out there so I'll give it a little time but it's definitely a school I'll strongly consider."
What's interesting about the Oregon offer is that O'Brien said the coaching staff has discussed using him at linebacker, safety, tight end or wide receiver. It's an intriguing proposition for the three-star who plays safety in high school and who finished with 92 tackles and eight interceptions this past season.
O'Brien's visit to Oregon State in the last couple days also went well and he said he was especially impressed with the coaching staff in Corvallis. The Beavers had already offered and he said they'll continue to be looked at in his decision-making process.
"That was an incredible school, too," O'Brien said. "They have a great coaching staff. Mike Riley is such a terrific guy. He's a well-respected man and he deserves it. They are a great football program, too, and that's a school I'll definitely consider as well."
This weekend O'Brien is joining some Santa Margarita Catholic teammates on a visit to Colorado. Soon, he plans to visit Washington and Washington State.
In total, O'Brien lists offers from Cal, Colorado, Duke, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
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