Samson Okunlola, Massachusetts 5-star offensive tackle, breaks down Oregon Ducks visit
The Oregon Ducks football program has hosted a slew of five-star recruits in recent weeks, highlighted by California five-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, Florida five-star running back Richard Young, Iowa five-star offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor and others.
Last weekend, Oregon added to that list by hosting Thayer Academy (Massachusetts) five-star offensive tackle Samson Okunlola on an unofficial visit.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman is rated the nation's No. 3 tackle and has accumulated nearly 50 scholarship offers.
So, for Oregon to get a visit was significant.
The fact that it went well? Even better.
"It was great," Okunlola said. "The people around there are really good. I like the new staff there. They are really good people. The players, too. I got to talk to the players, and that was really good as well."
So far, the big-time East Coast prospect is closest to his possible future position coach in Eugene.
"I'm cool with the offensive line coach, (Adrian) Klemm, and Dan Lanning, too," he said.
Will the Ducks get an official visit later in his recruitment?
"Chances are pretty good,," Okunlola said.
One aspect that helps Oregon is the talent they've recruited up front in recent years, led by Rainier Beach (Washington) five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr., who signed with Oregon in April.
"I mean, that's really important. Being able to have good players around you... where everybody is working pretty hard helps (development)."
Here's what 247Sports had to say in its scouting report on Okunlola:
"Possesses legitimate size and length for left tackle. Well-proportioned frame with room for development. Two-way player with understanding of leverage and ability to win those battles. Shows hand speed on both sides of ball. Has lower body strength and sinks hips in run blocking. Plays physical and fast. High motor prospect with strong work ethic. Fires off low and explodes up and into defender. Excellent body control. Spends very little time on the ground. Strong initial punch with hand quickness to shoot inside. Once engaged, stays on block and drives legs. Athleticism shines when pulling. Shows proper footwork in getting out quickly and leading the play through the hole. Length and ability to mirror makes it difficult for speed rushers to beat him around edge or inside. Is patient in pass pro base but has to be more confident with initial punch. Has basics of kick step but needs to continue to develop that aspect of game. Continued strength growth needed throughout frame. Multi-year starter at high-level college program. Early round NFL draft potential."
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