Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick said he was wowed by his visit to Oregon this weekend and while the Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney tight end remains committed to USC there is definitely more to think about in his recruitment.
Oregon has some of the best facilities in the country and those impressed Cope-Fitzpatrick but the four-star prospect said it was the people that stood out most about his visit.
"It was definitely an eye-opening trip," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "I had some doubts and heard some rumors about Oregon but the trip turned down most if not all of them. It's definitely a nice place and I know why people are attracted by the place.
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"It seems like everybody is getting facilities. Oregon was the first to do that and the facilities were nice but I knew that coming in. When I got there and got to meet with the people and the staff and see the fans everyone is just so real.
"They're people, they're really good people and that's what surprised me the most. They're not pish-posh, high-end people. They're really down-to-earth."
Rivals.com rates Cope-Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect, as the eighth-best tight end and No. 25 prospect in the California state rankings.
He's sticking strong with his pledge to USC but said the visit to Oregon definitely makes him consider things. What also might help is that Rocklin Whitney quarterback Jake Rodrigues is already committed to the Ducks.
"It definitely gives me something to think about," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "I'm still taking my trips and going through the whole process. It is my first trip but I could see myself going there more than I did before the trip.
"I'm still committed to SC. I'm just going through the process making sure I didn't miss anything."
Cope-Fitzpatrick said he hopes to set up official visits sometime this week with USC and Colorado. Cal, Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State have also offered.