Honolulu (HI) Farrington linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard held three offers going into his senior season and recently landed a fourth offer. His first offer came from Hawaii, followed by Colorado and then UNLV. Oregon State was the most recent to offer.
Fresno State has also contacted Pritchard, but has not offered.
“As of right now, the schools that would be showing the most interest would be Oregon State and the University of Hawaii,” Pritchard said.
UH has stayed on him after being the first to offer. Pritchard described the moment he received his first offer from that in-state school.
“When University of Hawaii offered me, they offered me as a junior. That was a great moment for me. Just being offered as a junior, being offered by the hometown. It was just great for me.
“I spoke with the head coach, Norm Chow, and he really wanted me to play for the University of Hawaii. He wanted me to commit so that was pretty exciting. I was excited once I heard I had an offer. I wanted to jump on it, but I had to think about it and I left it open for other colleges.”
Pritchard had the opportunity to unofficially some of those other schools he has heard from over the summer. He participated in an Oregon regional for The Opening camp. On his stay on the mainlands, he went to Oregon State, UNLV, Cal, Stanford and Oregon,
“I had an unofficial visit to Oregon State,” Pritchard said. “They have a whole new coaching staff and whole new program over at Oregon State. I really enjoyed it, really good coaches, the football team is a great team. I think they are recruiting me as an outside linebacker.”
Oregon State is looking at him as an outside linebacker while UH is recruiting him at inside linebacker. Pritchard says his game fits best at inside linebacker. In high school, he moving around from ILB, OLB, strong safety and even some fullback. The opportunity to play the position he wants and to get on the field as soon as possible will be key factors in his decision.
“I talked to the defensive coordinator (Tom Mason),” Pritchard said. “He wants me to play middle linebacker. I feel my strength is playing middle linebacker because I’m able to read run and pass, and am able to chase the ball both left and right - rather than being isolated on just one side of the ball.”
Pritchard is planning on making his decision before he plays in the Blue-Grey All American Bowl.