Mychal Rivera, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys (Calif.), says there's an 80-percent chance that he'll commit to Oregon.
The Ducks offered Rivera about a week ago and he'll be visiting them on June 2. "I like how they use their tight ends and they always have a great offense," Rivera said. "I can't wait to go on my visit and check them out. I heard they have great facilities and if all goes well, I may commit.
"I've been waiting on them to offer me for a while and they just did last week. I just think it could be a good fit for me, but I need to go there and see what it's like," Rivera said. "I want to major in sports business and they have like the best sports business program in the country."
The Ducks lead solidly over Nevada (offer), San Jose State (offer), UCLA and San Diego State. "I've also always liked UCLA," he said. "They are local and I like that, plus I really like coach Karl Dorrell. He's a good guy and I like his demeanor and how he takes things with pride. He has a lot of character."
Although the Bruins haven't talked with him about offering a scholarship, he says that a few other programs seem close. "Mississippi is close to offering," he said. "San Diego State has been recruiting me really hard too. They are coming by my practice next week, so we'll see how that goes. Arizona and Arizona State have already been to my practice and they may offer soon too."
Rivera admits that even if he commits to Oregon, he'll still probably take a few official visits. "I think I'd like to take some trips," he said. "We'll see what happens though."
He finished his junior season with 21 catches for 210 yards with no touchdowns. Rivera benches 265 pounds, squats 415 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.
"I catch good and am a solid blocker," Rivera said. "I can get downfield fast and make a play. I'm a fast tight end that can go up and get the ball. I have great hands, but I really want to improve my overall speed. I'd like to be able to breakaway from defenders better and not let the second or third guy take me down."
He reports a 2.6 core GPA and took the SAT on May 5.