Oatis To Start Visits Soon

Four-star safety Shawn Oatis of Chino, California still has a high interest in Ohio State. Duane Long caught up with Oatis to discuss the latest with his recruitment.

Safety Shawn Oatis of Chino, California is rapidly approaching his first official visit.

"I'm going to Notre Dame October 8th and then I'm coming to Ohio State October 22nd," he said. "I'm thinking about going to Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State, but I saw them over the summer. I may just go to games there."

So far, Oatis has been following Ohio State and Notre Dame and also had a visit from a Buckeye coach recently.

"I got to see one Ohio State game and two Notre Dame games on television," Oatis said. "Doc Tressel was here last week for a game."

It might not be long after his visits when Oatis figures out what school he will attend. He also added that he had originally planned to enroll in college early but has decided against doing that.

"After I take the visits, I should have a pretty good idea of what I want to do," Oatis said. "I should know in two or three weeks after my visits. Originally, I wanted to come in early. I have the grades to do it, but now I'm going to stay and enjoy my senior year."

Oatis says there is still contact between his family and the family of OSU commitment Ryan Williams of Mission Viejo.

"My dad takes to Ryan Williams' dad," he said. "It would be great if he and Kevin Bemoll take their official visits the same time I do. I'm really looking forward to these visits."

So far, Oatis has been primarily a defensive player for Chino this season.

"I was going to play offense, but now I'm only in there for short yardage," he said. "We have a quicker guy who is doing most of the running for us. I played a lot of offense in the last game because we ran a lot of power stuff, so they went with me. They throw me the ball a lot; I have really good hands.

"It was to my advantage to play offense to see things from the other side. I think it has made me a better defensive player."

Oatis has kept his weight down this season, and he says it has helped him with his game.

"My dad and I -- he was a former bodybuilder -- we work out every Saturday after games," he said. "I got my weight down and I think it helps me a lot. I now fluctuate between 198 and 202."

Oatis also revealed a surprising and unique fact, one that isn't seen very often among recruits -- he completed a marathon during his sophomore year.

"I ran probably 23 miles of the 26 and walked the rest," he said.

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