OL Shane Lemieux (6-6 285) of Yakima, WA is one of the top offensive line prospects in the Northwest based on his impressive offer list. And right now his two favorite programs are USC and Oregon. Lemieux will visit Oregon Friday and Washington on Saturday. He will visit Washington State the following weekend and will make a trip to USC the weekend after that.
His father is a nuclear engineer living in Lancaster so Lemieux has made numerous visits to the Palmetto State. And he has strong interest in the Gamecocks right now.
"They are SEC, pretty great weather, and the football team is obviously very good. I'm very interested. The first time I talked to him, me and coach (Shawn) Elliott have already gained a pretty good relationship and he offered me right then and there."
Lemieux has offers from USC, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Cal, Arizona State, Idaho, East Carolina and others, but it's clear in his mind which two are on top.
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"I can't really decide between the Gamecocks and Oregon," he said. "Those are my two favorite teams forever. Arizona State is up there. Boise State is up there. Washington State is sort of a sleeper right now, I just want to get to know them better. And Cal is pretty up there."
But with Oregon and USC the top two, the visits to the two campuses will be crucial in the decision making process for Lemieux.
"I'm going down to Oregon to see what that's all about. I've already make a pretty great bond with the coaching staff there. I'm getting to know Shawn Elliott. I've only been talking to him three or four days now. I want to get down there and see the campus. I've never seen the stadium and any of that stuff. It's pretty even between the two. I know a lot about both teams. The thing that stands out about Oregon is the facilities. The thing that stands out about the Gamecocks is their in the SEC."
And Lemieux adds that distance from home won't play a factor in his final decision.
"If I go down to play at South Carolina my mom will find a way to get down there. If I go down to play at Oregon my dad will find a way to get down there. It's a win-win."
Lemieux said he wants to visit USC, Boise State, Cal, Oregon and Arizona State and then make his decision by July at the latest. Lemieux said he will fly to C by himself but his dad and step-mother will join him in Columbia.