Cornerback's recruiting heating up

Whether it's in spring practice or being named defensive back MVP in today's Oakland NFTC combine, there's little doubt that John Plattenburg's stock is on the rise. Last week Arizona State offered the Corona (Calif.) Centennial standout and he told Devils Digest that he does have a sense of familiarity with the school that has already landed several players from his high school team.

"Recruiting is going well with Coach Lorig," Plattenburg said. "I'm planning to visit Arizona State sometime in the summer. I know that it's a good program and players from our program like Will Sutton and Vontaze Burfict played there. It's good thing that it's not that far, just a four-hour drive. I know that they have a prestigious academic program and that's big for me right there.

"I've been getting some information from my head coach about the football program and I'll probably talk to the players who came from there too."

As Plattenburg seeks to gain more knowledge about the team, he viewed some of the Sun Devils' contests from last season and came away impressed with their defensive scheme.

"They play fast and physical and that is a big part of my game," Plattenburg commented. "I'm from Texas and that's how play out there and that's what I love about it.

"When they (ASU) play in the all-black that makes it even better."

The 5-11 187-pound John Plattenburg reported a 40-time of 4.42 seconds, as well as 78 tackles, five interceptions and seven passes defended in his junior season. Fox Sports Next's recruiting analysts have thus far given Plattenburg strong reviews this spring.

"Plattenburg is very well put together," said Greg Biggins. "He plays physical at the line and has very good feet. He competes hard on every play, has a serious edge to him and closes well on the ball. There is no doubt Plattenburg has the talent to play for just about any program out west. If you're looking for a comparison, think of Oregon all-Pac 12 corner Ifo-Ekpre Olomu."

"He's a pure lockdown corner," added Brandon Huffman, "who's gotten bigger since football season, and has shown the ball skills and instincts college coaches covet."

The corner stated that the Sun Devil staff applauded him for his high football I.Q.

"They told me that I'm a good football player who can play fast and physical but still have good technique," Plattenburg said. "They felt that coming to Arizona State will help me get even better and give me a chance to play at the next level. They feel that I can come in and return kicks and punts."

Plattenburg spent most of his junior year at running back and playing some at safety. He was moved to cornerback only during the playoffs. This probably explains why two months ago he didn't have even one offer to his name, and these days more than half of his double digit offers come from Pac-12 programs as well as schools such as Boise State and Vanderbilt. Plattenburg added that Alabama and Notre Dame have started to inquire about him.

The cornerback, who moved to Corona from just two years from Houston, admitted that his recruitment took a dramatic and positive shift in recent weeks. He felt that his playoff film was probably better than his regular season footage, which caused the seemingly delay in offers.

"A lot of schools didn't know about me because this was my first year on defense," Plattenburg explained. "So it's kind of cool that that you can sneak up on schools like that. I don't have a short list of schools, and I'm still looking into everybody and trying to build relationships with all the coaches.

"Academics are obviously the first thing I'm going to look into, because I want to study Pre-Law. It doesn't matter to me how far from home I play. I want to go to a program where I feel comfortable and know I can live in that atmosphere for three, four years."

Plattenburg said that he could trim his list of schools sometime during summer, provided that he got all the information he felt was needed to help him make a decision.

"It's up in the air when I'll commit, before the season or after," Plattenburg admitted. "I'll commit when I feel ready."

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