- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
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The Oregon Ducks have made a living out of discovering hidden talent over the years. No one on the staff has been better at it than Ducks offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. On Tuesday he may have come up with one of his best discoveries yet.
Jake Pisarcik, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound offensive tackle from Medford (N.J.) Shawnee, said he made an oral commitment to the Ducks after receiving a scholarship offer from the Ducks. NCAA rules don't allow schools to talk about recruiting, but Pisarcik said he committed Tuesday night after Greatwood offered him a scholarship.
After the Ducks saw Pisarcik's film, they traveled to New Jersey to see him in person last week. When Pisarcik called to check in with coach Greatwood, he received his first scholarship offer.
"I called Coach Greatwood, and we just talked about my film and their program," Pisarcik said. "He offered me a scholarship, and I committed right away."
Shawnee coach Tim Gushue told the Burlington County Times that things happened fast with Oregon.
“They expressed interest in him last week," Gushue told the Times. "When they liked what they saw, they came here and met him in person. They really liked him.”
Prior to his contact with the Ducks, Pisarcik had been hearing from Rutgers, New Mexico State and Delaware before the Ducks apparently found what they were looking for.
"They just told me that they really like me and think I have a bright future," Pisarcik said.
"They said to come in and be ready to play guard or center. I am just very blessed and blown away by the whole thing. It's an amazing opportunity and I am very excited,"
With his commitment, Pisarcik becomes the Ducks 12th commit and their third along the offensive line. He said he was going to take an official visit to Oregon on Jan. 18. He said he had not talked to Oregon coach Chip Kelly about his commitment.