Oakes Setting Up Visits

Chris Oakes has official visits scheduled with several schools in the Pac-10, as well as a Big 10 program...

We spoke with Chris Oakes, 6-8 SR PF Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont, yesterday and asked him about the schools he's been hearing from since July.

"Fresno State and USF have offered," said Oakes. "I've also been talking with Penn State, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Fordham, Princeton, Pepperdine and Wyoming."

Oakes told us that he has arranged several visits. "I'm visiting USF on an unofficial this Saturday. Then I have official visits set up with Penn State, Oregon State, Arizona State and UCLA. But I don't have the dates for those with me right now."

We asked Oakes if any schools stand out from the pack and he replied, "Locally, I like USF a lot. I got a chance to meet the head coach and he seems like a good guy. I also had a chance to meet the entire staffs of Oregon State and Arizona State -- I like them as well."

Oakes told us that he has also scheduled in-home visits with all of the schools he's visiting, but he could only recall one date for sure. "USF is on September 9th -- I'm not sure about the dates on the other ones," said Oakes.

We asked Oakes if he has a timeframe for making a decision.

"A lot of people are telling me to sign early, but I'm going to wait until I take my visits," Oakes said. "I could wait until April, but all my visits will be in September, so we'll see how those go."

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