Two-star quarterback Justin Roper headed out West last weekend to take his second official visit of the season to Oregon. The huge 6-foot-6, 200-pounder from Buford, Ga. enjoyed his trip to Eugene and gave them a near perfect rating.
"I rated the visit about a nine or 10," he said. "I don't think you can have a perfect trip, but it was probably the best I could have had. I had a really good time.
"I flew to Salt Lake City and then three flights got cancelled because of fog and so instead we had to fly into Portland and drive down. By the time I got there, it was the middle of the third quarter. Some fans were already leaving when we arrived, but I sat down and the noise was still deafening and the fans were rowdy. That's what makes a college experience. The game was unbelievable they blew them out and the offense played really well. That night I hung out with my host Jordan Kent. It was pretty cool and we had a lot in common. He told me there's a good chance of playing multiple sports if I went there and I asked coach Bellotti and he told me it was true.
"Sunday was more of an information day. I took an academic tour, saw the facilities and walked around campus. The facilities there are really nice. Later that day I also got to talk to the coaches and they were all very personable. Coach Bellotti called me into his officie on Sunday and we talked about what he sees in me, what the school has to offer and more."
Currently, Oregon is one of four teams leading for Roper's services.
"They are definitely up there and very high, but I'd still say it's pretty even amongst all four schools," he said. "I have scheduled another official to Duke on December 2nd. I'm hoping to head in there with an open mind to see what they have to offer. I know the academics are top notch and I just want to see how their system works for a quarterback. I'm also planning to head back to Louisville for an unofficial this weekend."
Tennessee is the fourth team in the hunt for the No. 64 player in Georgia.
"That's an interesting situation because they haven't offered me," he said. "Coach Adkins told me they have to find an offensive coordinator and then they'll get back to me. I'm playing it by ear with them right now."