Oregon assistant coach Steve Greatwood hasn’t always landed bluechip talent in his 23 years coaching the offensive line, but few Pac-12 programs have had as consistently solid a front five as the Ducks.

The latest under-the-radar big man to join the flock is Scout three-star offensive tackle Logan Bathke, out of Orange, California, who tweeted his commitment to Oregon late Tuesday evening:

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound tackle chose the Ducks over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Navy, Nevada, San Diego State and UCLA.

That decision was solidified with an unofficial visit to Eugene earlier this month.

“I went up there – me and my family – and just took a tour of the whole place,” Bathke said “What’s not to love? It’s crazy, it’s awesome – from the town to all of their facilities, the coaching staff – it’s great. Me and my family, we take lots of visits, so we just decided that’s the place for me. Everything fit.”

Despite the feeling that he had found his future home, the versatile offensive lineman waited until he had let the excitement die down to make it official.

“I called Coach Greatwood on Monday night and told him I was committing there,” he said.

Out of respect for the other programs and coaches that recruited him, Bathke waited to make his decision public until he had called a coach from every program that offered him to deliver the news personally. That quest turned into a bit of a struggle, as he was forced to wait until late Tuesday night before connecting with every program, but finally he made the announcement via Twitter.

It’s no surprise that Oregon pursued Bathke, whose size, agility and projectable frame fit the mold of what Greatwood not only covets, but often turns into versatile pieces along the front five.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be a five star like some of those huge recruits. Most of those recruits are big, huge, but not as big as me,” he said. “I knew going to Oregon, with an up-pace tempo and no-huddle, I feel like I have an advantage. I’m a quicker, limber guy and am in better condition than most linemen.”

Here’s a look at the Oregon Ducks recruiting class so far:

4* S Brady Breeze, 6-1, 200, Central Catholic HS (Portland, OR)

4* QB Seth Green, 6-4, 205, Allen HS (Allen, TX)

4* DB Troy Warner, 6-2, 185, Mission Hills HS (San Marcos, CA)

4* WR Theo Howard, 5-11, 170, Westlake HS (Westlake Village, CA)

3* TE Cam McCormick, 6-5, 235, Summit HS (Bend, OR)

3* OL Jacob Capra, 6-5, 270, Placer HS (Auburn, CA)

3* WR Dillon Mitchell, 6-1, 190, White Station HS (Memphis, TN)

3* OLB Hunter Kampmoyer, 6-4, 235, Bishop Union HS (Bishop, CA)

3* RB Vavae Malepeai, 6-0, 190, Mililani HS (Mililani, Hawaii)

4* LB Darrian Franklin, 6-1, 215, Downey HS (Downey, CA)

3* OT Logan Bathke, 6-6, 260, Lutheran HS (Orange, CA)

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