Ducks Interested In Two Sport Tight End

Oaks Christian tight end Zack Bornstein

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Zack Bornstein has been busy training this offseason, but not for reasons you may think. Here, he discusses where he is at with football recruiting and what lies ahead for him in the coming weeks.

Zack Bornstein is a talented, physical tight end prospect out of Oaks Christian High School. As an elite dual-sport athlete, he has the difficult task of having to balance football recruiting with his track career, where he is one of the top decathletes in the nation.

Currently, he is preparing for the 2013 Pan-Am Junior Championships that will be held in Peru from Aug. 2-4.

"I've been trying to balance my week with all 10 events," Bornstein said. "It's a two-day event so its a little difficult to balance those and keep myself healthy. So, I've got to find time to recover and have down time."

As a freshman, Bornstein set a CIF record in the decathlon, but suffered a knee injury during his sophomore year that sidelined him. Now healed, he's ready to take on the cream of the crop in junior athletics.

"It's pretty much the Olympics for under 20 (athletes)," Bornstein said. "It's pretty exciting getting to compete with the best guys in the world."

Because he is focusing on the games, he has less time to devote to recruiting. But, Bornstein has still found time to attend camps, making an impression at the NFTC in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. He registered a 4.57 laser time in the 40 yard dash and was named one of the top offensive players there.

"That was a really good camp for me, but it's going be one of the last camps I do this year because of track," Bornstein said.

Though he said he is open to attending any school, he is focused on Pac-12 schools. He said that he will compete in track and field in college as well as football.

"The top three choices for me at least, will be UCLA, Stanford and Oregon," Bornstein said. "I've visited all three of the schools, I love all of the campuses. They're really close to home and the facilities are definitely really impressive."

With Oregon, Bornstein said that he is a fan of everything from the facilities and campus to, oddly, the weather. After taking in a game last season, he also liked how the Ducks used tight ends in their system.

"When I was up there watching the game, they definitely utilized the tight end position," Bornstein said. "At least, during the game against Stanford. That was pretty exciting. It's good to see."

Bornstein has been getting "a lot of mail" from Oregon on a weekly basis and expects coaches to visit his school this spring. He has already struck up a bond with offensive coordinator Scott Frost, whom he said liked the 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete's size and physical style of play.

"He was a decathlete as well," Bornstein said. "It was cool to see that, so we definitely talked about it."

As he continues to train and work towards offers, Bornstein keeps football in mind, knowing that the constant workouts will benefit him on the gridiron.

"I believe track definitely complements me in football," Bornstein said. "I'm doing hurdles, jumps, sprints, and it all benefits me in football. Track has definitely helped me with my speed this year. I'm a lot faster."

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