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Busy time for Lopez

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It has been a busy few days for John Lopez as the 2013 offensive lineman from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran has picked up an offer from Florida State and took an unofficial visit to Oregon.
The trip to see the Oregon-USC game on Saturday night went well for Lopez, who said he was amazed by the facilities and said the atmosphere in Autzen Stadium, especially in the second half when the Ducks made their comeback, was something he won't soon forget.
"It was a great game and I got to see all their stuff, too," Lopez said. "Everything you see in the pictures is true and more. They have so much modern stuff and it just blew me away when I saw it. I couldn't imagine ever having anything like that and they're supposed to be building more.
"The second half was crazy. They weren't doing too good in the first half but in the second half they came back and it was crazy. You could barely hear yourself think."
Lopez, a 6-foot-5, 328-pound prospect, said Oregon's coaches didn't talk about an offer but there were a bunch of official visitors there. The Ducks are expected to keep tabs on Lopez through the off-season and into his senior season.
"They haven't talked about one right now," Lopez said.
"They were kind of busy because they had official visitors in and they were big guys like Arik Armstead and other top guys so they were busy. They talked to me a lot and said they were interested and said they'd be down to see me."
Florida State is the second offer for Lopez, who was offered by UCLA months back, and the Seminoles definitely interest him. Orange Lutheran teammate Christo Kourtzidis is committed to Florida State and Lopez said he's interested in learning more.
"They came out to see Christo and me but I wasn't there that day because I left for Oregon," Lopez said. "One of my coaches had me call them and they offered me.
"That was a really good day for me because for a while it seemed like nothing was going to happen. I was sitting with that UCLA offer but that was pretty big from Florida State. It's pretty nice. I want to see what they're about and see what their program is like."
Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas and Boston College are showing new interest as well in Lopez, one of the top junior offensive tackles in Southern California.
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