Vandiver's Dilemma

Since he'll be enrolling at a Division I program in January, Fullerton (Calif.) JUCO tight end Jason Vandiver's recruitment is starting to heat up. The only problem is, he's having a hard time finding reasons to say no to the programs that covet him.

A JC Gridwire First-Team All-American and first-team all-state selection, Vandiver says he is down to three schools, and will be making a decision on Monday night after an in-home visit from Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti.

"I haven't made a decision yet," said Jason Vandiver. "I plan on making it by Monday night. I'm going to tell my sports information director on Tuesday. I'm going to take a trip to Oregon this weekend, and Oregon State and Iowa State are my other two schools. I had a blast up there on my official visit to Iowa State last weekend. That game was awesome, even though they lost."

Being a West Coast guy that knew little about football in the Midwest, Vandiver believes the Cyclones boosted their stock by being great hosts last weekend.

"I didn't really expect what I got," he said. "I didn't really expect Big 12 football to be as crazy as it was. I've grown up in the Pac 10 and that's basically all I've really known. The atmosphere at Iowa State was great. I rode from the hotel to the stadium with the team, and it was a great atmosphere. It was 20 degrees, snowing, and probably 20,000 people were out in the parking lot tailgating. I know that Coach Mac is doing a great job over there."

But Vandiver is faced with a dilemma of sorts. He'll be making his third and final official visit this weekend, with a stop in Oregon, and then will have a tough decision on his hands.

"I feel that I can't go wrong with any of my schools," he said. "Coach Mac is an awesome guy, and so are Coach Riley at Oregon State and Coach Bellotti at Oregon. It's going to be hard, and will basically come down to me finding a reason to say no to them. I can't find a reason to say no right now."


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