It has been a terrific spring for Morgan Mahalak and it all culminated on Tuesday when the Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback landed an offer from Oregon and then committed hours later.
"It's awesome," Mahalak said. "I couldn't ask for more."
What is most surprising is that Mahalak did not start at quarterback last season because that was Cal signee Jared Goff's job but that did not halt his recruitment one bit.
In the last few months, Mahalak has landed offers from Duke, Idaho, NC State, Oregon State, South Florida and others but once Oregon offered, the three-star prospect already knew it was the right fit.
"It's definitely huge but I think if you look at a guy like (Marcus) Mariota who was in the same boat as I was Oregon is a kind of trendsetter," Mahalak said.
"They weren't really scared to pull the trigger. They liked my ability and they liked me and they did it."
Early on, Mahalak made it clear that if Oregon offered the Ducks would be tough to beat in his recruitment.
So many things favored Oregon from the start that an offer would pretty much seal everything up and that's exactly how it played out for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect.
A lot has happened in the last few months but once the Ducks offered, Mahalak had his mind made up.
"I've been there multiple times, I have family there, I know a bunch of California kids go there and the fact that it's a top five school in the country," Mahalak said. "It's just good football and they do things the right way up there and coaches are great and the facilities are beautiful.
"Everything about it, there are too many things to list. I just knew it. For the past few months I knew for sure if it happened that's where I was going to go."