November 7, 2007

Storming the field

Three-star tight end prospect Mychal Rivera of Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham became the first member of the University of Oregon's 2008 recruiting class early this past summer after an unofficial trip to Eugene. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder made his official visit during the weekend of Oregon's victory over USC. Did anything change his mind on the trip? Duck Sports Authority has the latest for you.

Rivera had some issues with getting to Eugene, but what started out as a challenge turned into a fun diversion.

"First of all it was pretty difficult because they couldn't find a flight that went in at the right time," said Rivera. "They drove me out to Palmdale and then when I got (to Oregon) I had a driver and they drove me out to the little caravan with the team. We went through the whole Eugene city from the team hotel to the stadium. It was great doing the march to victory. We went through the indoor arena with all of the fans cheering, and that was just insane."

"After that we went to the game. The game was incredible," he continued. "I could totally see myself playing in that stadium, which I will be. After that we went to the dinner and I had a long talk with all of the coaches - coach (Steve) Greatwood, coach (Mike) Bellotti, coach (Nick) Aliotti, coach (Don) Pellum, Chip Kelly - I talked to all of them."

What did the coaches talk with him about?

"They all told me how they wanted to use me. I was already committed, so it was past the level of 'we want you to go here'. It was just what we want to do with you and how we want to use you."

Next Rivera met his player-host, Oregon freshman Malachi Lewis.


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