Friekh sets up Oregon official

Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial OT Layth Friekh

Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial offensive tackle Layth Friekh will be returning to Eugene.

Layth Friekh has been staying in steady contact with the slew of schools after him, which include Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona and Washington among others. With football season creeping over the horizon, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle has set up one official visit already.

"I'm taking my official to Oregon on Sep. 13," Friekh said.

Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood helped set up the trip, spotting a Thursday game on Centennial's schedule that would allow Friekh to take an earlier flight and spend more time in Eugene with the players and coaches.

The Ducks will be taking on Tennessee that week at Autzen Stadium. For Friekh, who was surprised at the rowdy atmosphere at the spring game, it will be a chance to see the Ducks faithful out in full force.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how it is for a real game, like a high intensity game," Friekh said. "I know when the SEC comes, all of the fans will be crazy."

Friekh said he is also looking forward to seeing how the players live and hopes to check out the new facilities that are scheduled to open this fall. On game day, he plans on seeing how the players interact with one another.

"I want to see what the chemistry is like in the locker room with the players and how they interact," Friekh said. "I want to see what life would be like if I lived in Eugene."

One of the most important factors in Friekh's decision will be how long his offensive line coach sticks around. He named four schools in Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Arizona as schools that he thinks could provide what he needs in an offensive line coach. With Greatwood, Friekh said that he and the veteran coach discuss facts about the school and that their relationship is on solid ground.

"We're pretty cool," Friekh said. "I respect him a lot. He's a pretty good coach."

Friekh plans on releasing a top five list by the end of the month, or early August. While he once planned to commit around that time, he said that he is taking his time going forward.

"Unless I feel like I know it's the right fit for me, I'm not going to commit until I know it is the right decision," Friekh said.

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