North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake offensive lineman is looking forward to visitors next week…
Oser Will See Eugene In June
"Currently I don't not have an offer from Oregon, no."
What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?
"Since the recruiting process started, I called coach (Steve) Greatwood -- their (Oregon's) offensive line coach -- in early May and he came out and saw spring practice a little bit and so far that's all I've gotten."
Did you get a chance to speak or interact with coach Greatwood at all when he came to visit you?
"Yeah, I talked to him. He watched practice and I talked to him a little bit after. He asked me to come to camp, they're really looking forward to working with me and I think I'll be going to the Oregon camp sometime in the middle of June."
Did coach Greatwood say what he liked about you when you met with him earlier this month?
"Yes. He said the first thing he looks for in an offensive lineman is they look for athletes first and people they can really mold in to football players. I've been playing lacrosse since fifth grade and I think that's really helped on the athletic side of being an offensive lineman, as well. My school recently just put in a no-huddle offense, Oregon-type style, and it's worked wonders for last year and we're continuing it this year. It's something that gives me an advantage over some of the other recruits that haven't really been exposed to that type of thing yet."
Has coach Greatwood specified a position along the offensive line that he prefers you at?
"You know, so far I've been told that Oregon thinks I can play anywhere along the line. I played center my junior year and this coming senior year, it looks as if I'll be playing tackle. I played tackle my sophomore and freshman year, also. I'll be going back outside and they said at Oregon, I could really fit in anywhere along the offensive line."
Do you have a preference between tackle or center?
"I grew up playing tackle since I was in seventh grade through tenth grade, then they put me at center last year. It's a position that is really different and it really kind of amazed me how many things you have to do and how many things you can do at one position. It was something that I really liked a lot and I'm actually pretty excited about going back out to tackle. Last year, I also played a little bit of guard for some of the games last year and guard was fun too. It's hard to say that center is the definite [position], but so far it'll be because it's what I've had the most exposure to recently."
What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?
"I am very interested in Oregon. They're one of the top programs in the country and coming from my high school and what not, we haven't been known for producing football players. We had Jonathan Martin who just got drafted to the Dolphins, but other than that, we haven't seen too many football players come out of here. It's something new and it's exciting and Oregon coming here, it's caused quite a lot of commotion. Oregon is definitely a place I could see myself playing if that was able to happen."
Is there anything in particular about Oregon that really stands out to you?
"I am a very big fan of the no-huddle offense. It's something that I've grown accustomed to in the past year and this coming year and it's something I feel I could excel at on the next level. Also, I'm originally from the East Coast (New Jersey), and the weather up there (at Oregon) is a bit colder than Southern California, so it's something I could go back to and that I really like also."
How would you describe yourself as a player?
"I would say hard working. Ever since college football became a reality to me, I've done everything I can to make sure that I do the best I can to get to the place where I want to be. I'm 100 percent going for it all the way and I'm trying to be the best out there and make it as a college football player for myself."
Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?
"Well I guess the immediate answer would be Jonathan Martin. He was a graduate of Harvard-Westlake and he went Stanford and now he got drafted to the NFL. It's kind of unheard of for us for football. It's something I look up to and trying my best to get to the point where I could be hopefully better than him someday. My coaches are telling me now that I am ahead of him where he was in high school and if I keep working hard, I could be the next guy that goes to the NFL from Harvard-Westlake. If I could follow his footsteps, if I could be that next guy, then that would be something I'd be very fortunate to have."
What are you looking for in a program?
"In a program, I'm looking for a place where I could have a good shot of playing maybe two or three years starting somewhere, or if that's not a possibility, somewhere where all the guys are motivated to play and everyone is there with good attitude towards competition. My big thing is making sure wherever I go, I have good relationships with people. I want to make sure I get along with everyone and everything is friendly competition on the field and everyone can forget every bad thing that happened on the field, off the field. I want to make sure I can go somewhere (I enjoy), where if, knock on wood, something happens where I can't play football anymore."
Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?
"Yeah, definitely. I've been leaning towards engineering or business; two completely different things, but if I go towards the engineering side, that's something I'm very interested in myself. I like building stuff, architecture, that type of thing, or the business side, where I could make sure I could be able to get around in the business world."
What are the offers that you currently hold?
"I have offers from Colorado, Washington State, San Jose State, and New Mexico State."
Is there anyone else out there, like Oregon, who hasn't offered you yet but that you've been in regular contact with?
"So far, schools that are coming through I believe are USC, Vanderbilt will be coming in to watch practice and I've talked to the Oregon State coach, California is going to be sending someone soon, Stanford was here yesterday...A lot of Pac-12 and Ivy league schools."
As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?
"For unofficial visits, I haven't set up any unofficial visits yet. We're still working out our summer schedule. This June I will be going to the Boston College camp, one day at Oregon (June 19), and another day at Stanford, and probably the USC and UCLA lineman camps, as well."
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