Oatis Pleased With Official Visit To Ohio State

Safety Shawn Oatis of Chino (Calif.) High School was in town this weekend for his official visit to Ohio State. What did he think of his trip? Duane Long has more.

The Buckeyes hosted one official visitor this weekend -- four-star safety Shawn Oatis of Chino, California. Oatis and his family came away impressed with what they saw.

"It was just awesome being there," Oatis said. "I came with my parents. It was a good game. They played really well. They played really hard."

Like many visitors, Oatis (5-11, 203, 4.6) was impressed with Ohio State's stadium. He compared The Horseshoe to Notre Dame, which was his first official visit.

"The stadium (Ohio Stadium) was awesome, the sheer size," he said. "Ohio State's is bigger by number. There's no question about that. The fans were insane at both places.

"Ohio State's stadium was more up-to-date, was more high-tech with the scoreboard and everything. They were different environments. It is hard to say I liked one better than the other."

Oatis talked a bit about what the visit consisted of.

"I was hosted by Devin Jordan and Nate Salley. They were both very informative and both very mature," Oatis said. "We did everything the team did. It was great being included in everything."

Another thing that Oatis was impressed with was Ohio State's amount of academic options.

"One thing I really liked about Ohio State is they offer just about every major you can imagine," he said. "I was very excited to hear about all the different choices I could make since I am not sure about a major yet. It was tough on them to show me the academic side of things because I don't have an idea what I want to do yet."

Oatis seems ready to wrap up his recruiting. He has what is likely his last official visit scheduled this weekend.

"The UCLA visit will be this weekend," Oatis said. "I think it's good that I'm seeing them all close together. I can get a good perspective on all of them.

"When I see UCLA, they will be playing Stanford. I saw Notre Dame when they were playing Stanford. I should be able to get a good idea of how the teams stack up."

Oatis was previously listing Oregon, but it seems like the Ducks are about ready to fall off his list.

"I am still not sure about that Oregon visit," Oatis said. "If I'm not really sure if I want to do that, I'm just not going to. I don't want to waste anyone's time."

Either way, Oatis is pleased with the options he has so far.

"I think it will be a good decision no matter which one of the three I choose," he said. "They're all great schools."

Oatis has two interceptions for his 6-1 Chino team. He is ranked as the nation's No. 9 safety prospect by Scout.com. He holds a 4.1 GPA and is qualified with a 960 on the SAT.


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