Canoga Park (Calif.) athlete Randy Uzoma is finally seeing Pac-12 offers come through...
Uzoma Reels In Oregon Offer
What kind of contact has Oregon had with Randy since the recruiting process started for him?
"Like everybody else, they recruited him a little bit and they wanted to see his first three games of his senior season. When we got the highlight tapes of the film out to them, (defensive backs) coach (John) Neal actually came out to our school and saw him in person last week and then just this week, we ended up getting an offer from him."
Has coach Neal been the only coach from Oregon that Randy has been in contact with?
"(Wide receivers) coach (Scott) Frost has been the only other coach that we've been in contact with."
Is Oregon looking at him at defensive back or as more of an athlete?
"I think athlete. Coach Frost was saying that he likes him a little bit and I know that coach Neal for the defensive backs likes him as a safety and if you see Randy and his size and his structure, you see that safety position size that he can grow in to."
In your discussions with him, does Randy have a preference for where he'd like to play?
"Not really right now, he's just kind of looking. He likes offense, he likes wide receiver, but he's been playing defense for us as well and he's starting to like defense a little bit more. He's just kind of figuring it out as he goes."
Even though he's currently a verbal commit to Nevada, what is Randy's overall interest in Oregon at this point?
"As coaches, we wanted to get him some Pac-12 offers. He definitely -- athletically and physically -- fits in the Pac-12 no doubt. We wanted to get him some Pac-12 offers and now that Oregon has offered him, we haven't talked too much about it, because he got the offer Wednesday, but he's excited to see what Oregon has to offer him and excited to see a little bit bigger program than he's seen with Nevada. He likes Nevada, he took an unofficial up there, and he likes it up there but he's interested in seeing what a bigger school has to offer."
Is there certain things that jump off the page to Randy when he considers Oregon as a potential option?
"I think just the publicity that Oregon has been getting and gets right now is just big and I think the Oregon offer now is kind of like what the USC offer used to be with Pete Carroll. So it's a big deal. It's a big deal to guys on the West Coast I think. Obviously, the first thing that comes across kids' minds is the uniforms -- they change uniforms all the time -- and Randy actually just watched with me yesterday the Cal-Oregon game, because Cal is recruiting him also. We watched the Cal-Oregon game together -- just the first half. He looks at the stands and everyone's going crazy and he's just excited. He's really excited about it."
How would you describe Randy as a player?
"His upside is probably bigger than any recruit coming out in 2012. He's only played football three years and he's a tremendous, tremendous athlete. He's big, he's strong, he's fast and once, wherever he goes, they teach him football in-depth and the position that he's gonna play in-depth, his upside is unreal and he's going to be amazing in a couple of years."
Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that he reminds you of, or at least a guy that you know he likes to pattern his game after?
"I don't think so. He's really raw and if you see him on film, he's really, really a raw football player. His body kind of looks like Terrell Owens if I had to say how his body is. His body looks like Terrell Owens, that's how fit he is. I can't say he plays like anybody or patterns his game like anybody, he's just really unique and he's really raw, but his his talents are amazing."
What is he looking for in a program?
"Well he wants to be a doctor. He's has a 3.7 GPA and he wants to be a doctor, so the schooling (aspect) is probably the most important thing to him. Number two is just kind of where he feels at home when he goes on visits and where he feels at home and where he fits in. He actually went up to Beaverton this summer for The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon and he liked the environment and he liked how green it was and he liked it up there. I'd like to see what he feels about Eugene."
What are some of the offers that he currently hold from other schools?
"He has Nevada, Air Force, obviously Oregon, San Diego State, San Jose State and actually, when we got the offer from Oregon, Washington was actually at our practice, so they're kind of on the bubble of offering him. We've heard from Utah, just recently they came, Oregon State has visited us and are kind of on the bubble of offering him and I have a feeling now that Oregon has stepped up to the plate, everyone else is gonna say, 'We better get on this kid.' Oregon got to him first in the Pac-12."
As far as a timetable for a decision goes, does Randy have a time for when he'd ideally like to have a solid decision made?
"I know he wants to take his trips and see the schools and see the environment. I think once he does that, I think that's when his decision will be made. I know he's definitely gonna take a trip to Nevada -- an official -- I'm pretty sure Oregon is gonna trip him as of now and so he wants to take his five officials and enjoy the process of recruiting and he'll make his decision after that."
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