When Rivals three-star outside linebacker Eric Briscoe Jr. visited the University of Oregon during the spring game, he didn’t mince words about where he’d like to spend his college career.

“That’s where I want to be,” he said shortly after the trip.

On Sunday evening, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound A.C. Davis High School (Yakima, Washington) standout made it “official,” verbally committing to the Oregon Ducks:

For Briscoe Jr., the offer Friday from defensive coordinator Don Pellum was enough to seal the deal.

He’d been waiting a long time.

“The deciding factor was probably the coaching staff,” he said. “They all seem like very good coaches and Coach Pellum and Coach Helfrich are definitely guys I want to play for.”

One of the highlights of Briscoe’s spring visit was the opportunity to meet Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, but, as he stated Monday morning, it was primarily the coaching staff that established his desire to play for the Ducks this spring.

“I was very impressed,” he told The Oregonian. “I’d seen pictures of it, but it was way better in person. All of the coaches were really friendly, all of the players were welcoming. I liked that. I love Coach (Don) Pellum – he’s a cool guy. Coach (Mark) Helfrich is pretty cool, too. The facilities are world class.”

On the field, Briscoe Jr. has been almost as impressive this season, racking up 95 total tackles to go along with five sacks, according to MaxPreps.

The Oregon Ducks now have 15 known commitments in the class of 2016 – a group that is ranked No. 16 in the country by Rivals.

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