"ASU is one of the schools recruiting me heavily," said Shawn Oatis. "They're recruiting me as a ‘rover' linebacker (called ‘devil' in ASU's defensive scheme). I like the coaches there. I plan to look at the campus this summer. I know they're kind of semi-rebuilding, but they're a good program. They're definitely one of the schools I will consider when I trim down my list." While he said he doesn't have a top five list, he mentioned Ohio State, Arizona, Notre Dame, and UCLA as the programs that are recruiting him as heavy as ASU.
Oatis has rushed for over 1,300 yards at Chino high school, but is considered a highly acclaimed safety who is ranked ninth in TheInsiders.com national list of safety prospects. Oatis described himself as aggressive and studious. "I'm a hard-hitting safety," he exclaimed. "I don't like anyone coming over the middle. Something coaches don't know about me is that I spend a lot of time reviewing film. I always try to get an edge on the opponent so I know what plays to expect…I've been working with a personal trainer to work on speed, footwork, and overall flexibility. It's already starting to show results." In his junior year, he collected 75 tackles, two interceptions and two caused fumbles.
The safety did confirm that he plans to visit Tempe unofficially sometime this summer. Thus far, he did unofficially visit UCLA, Stanford, and Cal. He listed the factors that are important to him when committing to a school. "Education. I have a 4.1 GPA, so academics are important," he explained. "I want to make sure that the school has the program I want to major in. I want to go to a program that has been competitive the last few years, and a school that has tradition. That's something Ohio State and Notre Dame may have an advantage on the other schools."
"Depth chart won't matter," continued Oatis. "Anywhere you go you'll have competition. The environment is important to me to. I want to go to a small city that doesn't have many distractions, where I can concentrate just on school and football."
The safety scored 960 on his SAT. Even though that would easily qualify him in many schools with his GPA, he would like to improve his score but isn't sure if he will re-take the test.
Oatis isn't the only Chino player getting a close look from the Sun Devils. Kicker Durrell Chamorro has also been on the proverbial radar screen. Would Oatis consider making him and Chamorro a package deal? "It would be nice," he admitted. "But we're both probably looking at different things. We're close, but those kickers can be kind of quirky at times (smile). If it came down to two schools, and Durrell already committed to one school, that would play a big part because it's always nice to go to school with somebody you know from home."
Unlike other recruits of his stature, Oatis doesn't plan to stretch out the recruiting season before making a commitment. "More than likely I will make a decision within the first five weeks of my football season," he said. "I plan to take all my five visits by then, and decide the latest by the beginning of October."
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