The 5-11 203 Shawn Oatis took a quick day trip to Tempe following a visit to Tucson. "I got there on Saturday morning," he said. "I met with Coach Osborne. We sat down and talked about recruiting and the school. I met with one of the academic counselors and he explained to me how they help their players with their academics. Coach showed me the weight room, which was very impressive. We got to walk through the tunnel into the stadium and that was awesome right there."
The safety is a prospect that the Sun Devils have been in close contact for a while. Thus, was he able to learn much more from his trip to the Valley of the Sun? "I did learn a lot of new stuff about the Arizona State program," commented Oatis. "My parents and I definitely loved Coach Osborne. He's a great person and taught us a lot about recruiting. Because it was a Saturday, he was actually the only coach there, and we appreciated the fact that he took time from his day off to come and meet with us." The Chino high school standout also mentioned that ASU was recruiting him as a safety, as well as at the new Devil back linebacker position.
Now that he had taken visits to both Arizona schools, Oatis remarked that he doesn't favor one school over the other. "Both schools are very impressive," he said. "One thing that Arizona may have over Arizona State is that they have all new coaches coming in. Coach Stoops taking the Oklahoma defense to the national championship, that's very impressive. But right now they're both equal to me, and both fit me well. I like the state of Arizona, and I could see myself going to school there."
Oatis told us that he's planning an official visit for Arizona at a date to be determined, and another unofficial visit is in the works for the Sun Devils. "I want to go there again so I can see a game," he explained. "We didn't talk about a specific date; we still have to work that out. Flying there is just an hour and it's cheaper than other visits. I want to save my official visits for the far away expensive trips like Notre Dame and Ohio State." Oatis added that he plans to take an unofficial visit to Oregon in the middle of August.
Overall, the Chino safety sounded like a prospect that is in no hurry to anoint favorites or have a time schedule for a decision. "I don't have a top five or anything like that," he stated, "because I haven't visited all the schools I'm interested in and other schools could come into play. I plan on taking all my five official visits, and going to as many schools as possible. I want to get a feel for everything and not commit to a school too early."
Nevertheless, among the Pac-10 schools it seems like the two Grand Canyon state archrivals have risen to the top of the list amongst the conference schools vying for his services. "Compared to the visits I took to the UCLA and Stanford, both Arizona Schools look more attractive to me."
Oatis Comes Away Impressed with Arizona Schools
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