Corona (Calif.) offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner took his first official visit to Oregon this past weekend and came home raving about his time in Eugene. The talented guard will still take his remaining visits but it sounds like it will take a lot for anyone to beat out the Ducks.
Tuioti-Mariner, 6-4, 300 pounds is one of the top guard prospects in the region. He tore his ACL during spring ball but schools have stayed on him including the Ducks where he visited this past weekend.
"It was a great visit, I felt very comfortable the whole time I was there," Tuioti-Mariner said. "Oregon is a great place and I have no doubt that I would fit in great there if I ended up at Oregon.
"There really wasn't a single negative about the visit, everything was great. I got along really well with the players on the team, the recruits that were there and all the coaches as well. They have a lot Poly (Polynesian) players there so I felt an instant connection with a lot of the guys.
"The campus is nice and the facilities were crazy. The weight room, locker room, player lounge, all that stuff was great. The game atmosphere was probably the highlight for me. Right where I was sitting, there were all these fans holding up a picture of my face and yelling for me to commit, it was great.
"The coaches never pressured me and didn't really even bring it up. I want to take my trips and this was just my first so I need something to compare Oregon with. Arizona is next and that visit will be (Oct. 19). I moved back the Tennessee visit to (Oct. 26) and then I have Colorado (Nov. 2) and Cal (Nov. 9).
"Oregon set the bar pretty high though. It's tough to imagine me having a better visit or finding a better fit for me but I have to take these visits and see for myself first hand."