Cedrick Poutasi is planning a trip to Oregon in early September and the four-star offensive guard said if the Ducks offer he would strongly consider committing.
Oregon is one of the favorites for Poutasi, a 6-foot-5, 322-pound prospect from Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines who will be in Eugene for the Ducks' home opener against Nevada on Sept. 10.
"They said they're very close to offering me," Poutasi said.
"That would be very exciting. I like coach Steve Greatwood and I like how the offense runs. I have always liked Oregon ever since I was little. I would think about a commitment if they offered."
The Oregon trip is the only one scheduled so far but Poutasi, rated sixth at offensive guard, No. 203 in the 2012 class and second in the Nevada state rankings by Rivals.com, said UCLA and Utah are two other programs he's strongly considering.
"The coaches are great at both of those schools and I have a cousin who plays at UCLA," Poutasi said.
"I visited UCLA before and I really like it up there. The tradition of the Polynesians at Utah is really helping them out."
It is a strong year at the offensive guard position especially on the West Coast as Encino (Calif.) Crespi's Jordan Simmons and Pleasant Grove, Utah, recruit Brandon Fanaika are ranked higher than Poutasi, who emerged this spring at the Elite Lineman Challenge in Las Vegas.
Since that time many top-notch programs have offered. In total, he lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Diego State, SMU, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Washington.
But Poutasi's recruitment could really take a turn if Oregon decides to offer the massive Las Vegas prospect during his visit next month.