Spring games are more than just a glorified practice and an excuse for fans to visit the stadium in April. For the Oregon Ducks and other teams they're also a chance to showcase the program to prospective recruits.
Judging from one recruit's reaction, it was pretty effective for the Ducks.
Three-star running back and UO target C.J. Verdell nearly committed to the program during a visit last weekend, according to The Oregonian, only holding off on the advice that he shouldn't decide on the spur of the moment:
"When I got there it was a big 'Wow' factor. I was close to committing. My parents loved it. They wanted me to. My mom was pushing for it," Verdell said. "She said that it checked all her boxes so why wouldn't I commit. I thought about it, but decided I'd come home with it and think about it some more."
"As soon as I came out of the facilities, I was ready, but I didn't want to make a decision based on the stuff they have and It being so great there," he explained. "I wanted to be calm before I made my decision."
Verdell, 5-9 and 195 pounds, is a product of Mater Dei Catholic High in Chula Vista, California. He's now back at home thinking things over, but that quote is certainly a good sign for Oregon fans. He was clearly impressed by the campus, facilities, stadium and fans.
The offer list for Verdell is long and includes more than half of the Pac-12. Maybe he'll make that commitment soon, but in the meantime here are a few of his high school highlights: