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Sategna Talks Oregon Decision

July 21, 2021
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Oregon is closing out its offensive class for 2022, most recently adding multiple wide receivers and offensive lineman.

One of those skilled additions is 4-star wide receiver Isaiah Sategna from Fayetteville High (Ark.). The 247Sports Composite ranks Sategna as the nation's No. 224 player and its No. 34 wide receiver.

Sategna, whose finalists were Oregon and USC, told ScoopDuck that several factors figured into his decision. And it wasn't all about football.

“Doing both (track and football),” he said. “Track is my main sport, and Oregon has the best. best facilities. It was astonishing.”

On the football front, it was the people that made the difference.

“I love coach Bryan McClendon,” he said. “He’s a funny, good person who loves his athletes.

“Dont'e Thornton told me what it's like learning under him and his past experiences. And he cares.”

Oregon's head man also made an impression.

“Mario Cristobal is a good coach and knows what he is doing,” he said. “He told me I am a deep threat, speed guy, and any corner can’t guard me.

“I can burn anyone.”

Sategna recounted his visit last month.

“I went bowling,” he said, “and my parents had a convo for three hours and hit it off with (Cristobal). I wanted to bowl and they were just talking, and I was like, 'I’ll just start playing.'”

What was the USC visit like?

“USC does a (good) job and they throw the ball,” he said. “USC coaching staff -- I loved L.A. I’m from Texas, originally. The weather is different.

“They throw the ball a lot, and you can be a guy low on the depth chart and still get playing time.”

With name, image and likeness benefits now in play, Sategna recalled a statistic from a social media platform about USC and Oregon. On Instagram, both schools were in the top 20.

“USC was 3, and Oregon was 1,” he said. “And Oregon being Track Town is a plus.”

Sategna already has a major in mind

“I want to go into real estate,” he said, “and they are both good programs (for that).”

Clearly, the track tradition in Eugene made an impact.

“I want to make sure the track coach and I connect,” he said. “I want to play both; what is it going to look like?

“(Could I) not be able to play spring ball? And if I can’t get as high as I want to in track, I’ll do football.”

What was it like seeing Oregon’s recent recruiting momentum?

“They had three commitments,” he said. “It was crazy that day.”

What are some of his football goals?

“To win state and do as well as I can,” he said. “I’m working on it, and I’m getting doubled teamed. And that (means) someone else is open

“We have the best wide receiver corps and quarterback in the state, and it’ll translate.”

What about statistics?

“1,500 (yards)” he said, “15 TDs. Route running and better knowledge of the game – the ins and out of the route.”

Sategna has a separate set of lofty goals for the track.

“National record (in the sprints) and long jump,” he said. “Sophomore year – it was my best year, and I didn’t get to do junior year.

“I haven’t done it in two years, so 10.3-10.4? I want 10.2 range.”

What is his motivation in life?

“God is my motivation,” he said. “Thankful for him and thankful for it and take full advantage of it.”

Sategna also has his eyes on the needs down here on Earth.

“Help as many people as I can,” he said. “Help everyone – and coaching long jump and hurdles.”

Sategna, who just started learning about the game of football, sees the potential within himself to be great.

“Raw talent at football,” he said, “and I feel like I can be good. Find the coach -- which is coach Bmac -- and he can develop me.

“He fits me in terms of personality. And I feel like I can be better at football.”

 
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