Tuesday, April 30, 2013
QB Mahalak makes his decision
By Brandon P. Oliver
Once the offer came in, QB Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) didn't hesitate in making his decision.
Mahalak committed to Oregon on Tuesday, just hours after Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost watched him in an early-morning workout. He is the team's third commit in the Class of 2014.
Quarterback Morgan Mahalak committed to coach Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks.
"I just talked to Coach (Mark) Helfrich and Coach Frost and told them that I was committing. Coach Helfrich was estatic. He was at some Pac-12 meeting, but he said he was really pumped," Mahalak said. "He asked me if I was sure I wanted to do it and said they didn't want to pressure me at all. I told him I have been waiting for this and I'm ready to go."
Despite being under the weather, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete -- who has yet to start a high school game at QB -- had a strong workout and was given the news by his high school coach not long after Frost had left the school.
"We had talked about what needed to be done for me to get an offer. [Frost] just wanted to be able to see me throw it live," Mahalak said. "Coach Helfrich had seen me throw last year and everything was in place, except Coach Frost hadn't seen me throw in person. I guess he liked what he saw because before he left, he told me to expect a call. The next thing I knew, my coach let me know that Coach Frost had called and told me that I had an offer from the Ducks."
With six offers to his name prior to Tuesday, the inexperienced yet talented Mahalak added the one he was hoping for. After discussing things with his family, he decided the time had come. So after going home to rest, Mahalak made the call and made it official.
"I just wanted to let things sink in a little bit before making it official. I couldn't be happier right now. It feels really good to know that my hard work has paid off and that the coaches believe in my talent enough to offer me a scholarship."
After a weekend visit to Eugene for the Ducks' spring game, Mahalak returned home with the knowledge that the Ducks' new offensive coordinator would be by the school this morning. Humbled by the attention he has received from the Ducks, Mahalak wanted to temper his expectations regarding a potential offer.
"I've known for a while that if an offer came, I would be an Oregon Duck," he said. "It feels really good to have it all come together. I couldn't be more excited. It feels like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders."