Commitment Preview: 2023 Offensive Line Rookie Micah Bañuelos

Offensive Lineman 2023 Micah Banuelos is ready to commit to university. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Kennedy Catholic High School (Burien, Wash.) player will announce his decision on Monday, July 25 at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET.

Rated a three-star (.862) by the 247Sports Composite, Bañuelos is one of Washington state‘s top uncommitted prospects, as the state’s No. 9 freshman. Heading into his senior season, he’s racked up nine reported offers, with the majority of Pac-12s throwing their hats into the mix.

However, on Monday, he will make his college commitment among three finalists: the Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans and Texas A&M Aggies.

Bañuelos made official visits to each of the three schools before his decision and the Ducks received the last official visit on June 24 before the recruiting dead period, which prevents schools from hosting prospects for campus visits during almost the whole month of July.

The talented Washington native spoke to Duck digest on each of its finalists after its last official visit to Oregon.

Oregon

“I’m very excited about the competition. Although Oregon is a Pac-12 school, as you can see, their first opponent is Georgia. I know Coach Lanning will do everything in his power to playing different teams and the kind of mindset he has on… he’s in that national championship mindset again like he was last year, he’s also come hitting hard with this new staff.

USC

“That trip – it was an amazing trip. We did some crazy stuff. We had breakfast at the Lakers arena. We had a bit of a luau. I just felt like the family was a priority at the SC too. The coaches there, they’ “It’ll be done like the staff at Oregon. It will certainly be a difficult decision. They have great coaches at USC. Very experienced coaches too.”

Texas A&M

“This visit – it was also a crazy visit. It was wild. I also like A&M. I also like what they bring to the table.”

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“They’re in the SEC. It’s just the opportunity to play a lot of skilled players in this SEC and a lot of unnatural talent in the SEC.”

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The taking of Torres

Bañuelos flew a bit under the radar as a national rookie, and he told me that might have been down to his height. But I know he’s a rookie the Ducks really like and they’re yet to land an offensive lineman in the 2023 cycle. However, their last commitment was a big one in the five-star quarterback Dante Moore.

Could this be the start of the domino effect Oregon fans have been waiting for?

The pieces are definitely in place when it comes to having plenty of solid attacking talent already in the fold for 2023, and Bañuelos has praised his relationships with Adrian Klemm and Viane Talamaivo since the new staff arrived. .

The Ducks already have a cornerback commitment from Washington Caleb Presley, the top rookie in the state. Let’s not forget that they also signed offensive linemen Josh Conerly Jr. and David Iuli of the state in 2022.

It looks like a battle between Oregon and USC and the Trojans have given him a lot to think about, but recruiting often comes down to connections, and he already has a ton of connections with the coaching staff and Eugene’s list.

I think Bañuelos will commit to Oregon on Monday.

You can watch his engagement live on the 247Sports YouTube channel.

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