After picking up an early offer from Nevada, we thought things would snow ball for Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham tight end Mychal Rivera and the offers would start flooding in. It hasn't quite happened that way but that's fine for Rivera as he jut picked the offer from the one school he was hoping for.
Many times in recruiting, it's not the quantity of offers that matter but the quality of the offer. That is exactly the case for Rivera.
"I just got offered by Oregon last night," Rivera said. "I couldn't believe it, I mean, my voice is gone right now because I was doing so much shouting last night. Oregon is the school I've been thinking more about than any other so to have them offer, it means more than if I had a ton of schools offering right now.
"Coach Greatwood came by the school on Tuesday while we were practicing. Later that night, he called and I was expecting it to be the typical, 'hey, we like and we'll be watching you,' phone call.
"Then he said he was offering me a scholarship and the official letter will be coming in the mail any day now and I couldn't believe it. I kept saying thank you to him and he was like, 'hey, you deserved this, you earned it.'
"Since the beginning of the season, Oregon has been my school. I was just talking about Oregon to one of our coaches here who has a daughter that is going there for basketball. He was saying how nice it is there and how great the facilities are.
"My plan is for me and my dad to go and visit within the next two weeks on an unofficial visit and if I like everything there, I'm going to go ahead and commit. I can't get a better offer than Oregon so there really is no need for me to put off making my decision.
"I just don't want to commit somewhere without seeing the place first. I know I'm going to love it there, but I just want to wait and see it first hand and then I'm going to go ahead and end it right there."
Rivera, 6-4, 230 pounds is among the top tight ends in the West region. He has a nice frame, runs well and has very good hands. He looked good at the recent SoCal NIKE Camp and shows up very well on film.
"Coach Greatwood said they were close to offering me just off my film," Rivera said. "The tight end coach really liked it but they wanted to come see me at the school, eyeball me first and see what I looked like in person before offering. I guess I passed the eyeball test because they offered that same night."