Oatis Up to 12 Offers

Chino, Calif. defensive back Shawn Oatis has been enjoying his summer. The 6-0, 200-pound Oatis has been working out and getting ready for his senior season. Irish Eyes caught up with Oatis to get his thoughts on recruiting and his senior season. Are the Irish still one of Oatis' top schools? When might he be making a decision? Oatis gave us all the latest.

Shawn Oatis says he's been working hard this summer to get ready for his senior season. "We're still in our summer weight program," Oatis said of his team. "We'll have two weeks off and then we'll put the pads on and start conditioning. Our first game will be September 10th. I can't wait."

Oatis says he'll likely play more defense this year. "I'll probably play more on the defensive side of the ball," Oatis said. "We have a great young running back named R.J. Stanford. He's really fast--a 10.5 guy. He's the outside guy and I'm the inside guy. They'll use me to pound the ball inside and use his speed to get outside and make plays. I love playing defense so he'll take some of the load off my shoulders."

Oatis says he's starting to narrow down his list of schools. "Right now, I know I'll visit Notre Dame and Ohio State," Oatis said. "I also think I might visit Oregon and Arizona. Washington Oregon State and UCLA are also schools I'm interested in. I might go take a look at Arizona State as well."

Oatis already has his visits set for Notre Dame and Ohio State. "I know my Mom has already set the visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State," he said. "I don't know the dates. I know they are in October. I really don't know the dates."

The Chino, Calif. native says he's pretty set on taking his visits at this point. "I plan to take them all," he said of his official visits. "I'm going on gut instinct. If something just feels perfect, I'll probably jump on it. My plan is to take my visits."

Oatis says he's up to 12 offers as of now. "Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, ASU, Oregon, Oregon State, Northwestern, BYU and San Diego State have offered me," Oatis said.

Comments: Some have speculated that Oatis might make an early decision. It appears he's set on taking his visits. We'll check back soon and try to find the actual date of his visit to Notre Dame.

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