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Oregon joins list of schools looking at Eldorado QB

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If Zach Gentry was unsure about his value as a college football prospect, the University of Oregon provided clarity.
Before the Ducks arrived to talk to Gentry, Eldorado’s 6-foot-7 junior quarterback had already received scholarship offers from Louisville, San Diego State, New Mexico and New Mexico State. Post-Oregon visit, Tennessee also joined that list.
Then Oregon, with head coach Mark Helfrich, flew in — on a private jet, no less — to get a snapshot of one of the nation’s hot QB prospects.
“Meant a lot to me,” Gentry said.
The Ducks watched Gentry throw during his regular football class, and visited with Gentry as well, the player said.
Oregon has not offered a scholarship as yet, but it is arguably the highest-profile program to show an interest.
“They seemed optimistic about me,” Gentry said. “They said they liked my athletic ability.”
When will Gentry verbally commit? There can be pressure on skill-position athletes, especially QBs, to do so early.
But Gentry said he will not be rushed.
“I’d like to get out and see a few places this summer,” he said. “I’m not gonna decide anything right away. But I’d like to get my decision after I get a few official visits at the beginning of (the 2014) season, so I can really get a perspective on a place on game day. That’s important. You’re gonna be there the next four years.”
Gentry, 17, has also had conversations with Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Florida. Gentry’s much-heralded dual ability to throw and run — he was probably Eldorado’s fastest player last season — has made him a prime recruiting target from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
“The schools haven’t pressured me a whole lot,” said Gentry about committing sooner rather than later. “Most of them just told me to take my time and make the decision that’s best for (me).”
BEAN UPDATE: Meanwhile, one of Gentry’s rivals hopes to make his college choice before the next signing period in February.
Sandia defensive end Camrron Bean has already taken official visits to Iowa State and New Mexico State.
The 6-3, 250-pound Bean said he was planning to only make one other official visit — to UNM, next month.
From the discussions that he’s had, Bean said schools haven’t decided for sure whether to deploy him at end or at outside linebacker.

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