Oregon LB Is Still Wide Open

Liberty HS LB Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, OR) is one of the top prospects in the State of Oregon for the 2012 class & has already picked up a handful of offers. Bafaro camped in Boise back in June & didn't leave empty handed as Boise State extended an offer. So, what has Bafaro been up to since then? Where does he stand in the recruiting process? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about all of that & more

Liberty HS LB Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, OR) is one of the top prospects in the State of Oregon for the 2012 class and has already picked up a handful of offers. Bafaro camped at Boise State back in June and didn't leave empty handed as Boise State extended an offer to the talented LB. So, what has Bafaro been up to since that time? Where does he stand in the recruiting process?

"I'm still wide open," he said. "I'm just sitting back right now and looking at what each school has to offer. What I'll probably do is take some official visits to some of the closer schools during my senior season and then the ones further away after my season."

"Some new schools like Nebraska and Oklahoma State have jumped in recently," he said. "I think they'll probably offer, but they want to see some film from my first couple games," he added.

"I think what I liked most about Boise State was how tight-knit they were as a group," he stated. "They're very family-oriented, have great support from the community, and they're one of the top ten teams in the nation right now. I only see them continuing to go up-hill from here."

Bafaro says he grew up an Oregon fan, but also really likes what Washington has to offer. The Huskies could very well be the "team to watch" as his recruitment continues to unfold.

"I think Oregon was on top in the beginning, but I think it pushed them back just a bit when that thing happened," said Bafaro. "I went up to UW since I was playing a couple baseball games in the area and I really liked it a lot. Coach Sarkisian has done a great job with that program and their practices are intense. I think their staff has done a very good job with the rebuilding process."

"I also want to say that I don't think what happened at Oregon will affect my decision anymore," he said. "The coaching staff has assured me that it's nothing too serious."

Liberty opens the season this Friday against Century HS. The two schools are crosstown rivals, but they haven't played each other in a couple years. That makes this game all the more important.

"I know everyone is looking forward to this game. We're 5A and they're 6A, so we'll use this game as a measuring stick," said Bafaro. "We're watching film this week and preparing the best we can. One thing I do know is that we have a big edge in experience since they only return a total of five starters from last year."

"I'm really looking forward to this season," he said. "I had a hip injury going into my junior year and that kept me from doing a lot of the conditioning, workouts, and things like that. I'm 100% now and I've been able to do all the things that I couldn't do last year. I feel stronger, faster, and more athletic than I've ever been."

Is it possible to have two different approaches when it comes to leadership? Bafaro (6'2, 220, 4.5) says he leads by example while on one side of the ball, but is the vocal leader while on the other side.

"On offense, I lead by example. I have to work hard on the offensive side and I see myself as one of the guys," he said. "On defense, that's my specialty. I'm the emotional leader, the vocal leader, and the guy that sets the example."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Brett Bafaro.




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