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Five-star DT impressed by Oregon

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Rasheem Green spent a few days last week at Oregon and seemingly loved everything about the trip, from the city to the school to the coaching staff and the chance to play early.
There is no question the Ducks have made a significant impression on the five-star defensive tackle from Gardena (Calif.) Serra. There is also no doubt that UCLA, Stanford and USC are also playing a major role in his recruitment and won't give up on him easily.
"I got there on Thursday night and I liked the city itself," Green said. "The people were very nice to me and my parents.
"On Friday, I was in meetings, I saw them practice and I liked how fast-paced it was. I like the school and they how treat their student-athletes there. My parents really liked that, too.
"What stood out to me a lot was the coaching staff. They've all been there for a long time. It shows that people stay there and that's a good sign."
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect who's rated as the fourth-best defensive tackle and the No. 12 prospect overall by Rivals.com was at Oregon with Concord (Calif.) De La Salle DT Kahlil McKenzie, a high four-star prospect.
Green said it was made clear to them that defensive tackles are a priority in this Oregon recruiting class.
"They were telling me two of their players might leave next year," Green said. "Kahlil and I were on the trip and they said they need people to play immediately. They said they have a big need for us there."
Green was impressed by it all. So were his parents. The five-star loved Oregon's lavish facilities but he said that won't play a major factor in his commitment.
After spending some time in Eugene, though, Green said the Ducks are definitely going to be considered as his recruitment goes on.
"I heard how nice they were but that's not really the biggest thing for me," Green said. "The whole campus was nice and the whole city was a bunch of Ducks' fans so the fan base is strong. It was a good experience.
"It's up there."
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