Oregon Stands Alone For Rothstein

Recognized as one of the top players in the State of Oregon in the Class of 2012, Portland (OR) Jesuit defensive back/athlete Nick Rothstein hopes to follow in former Crusader Keanon Lowe's footsteps in more ways than one.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, no offers right now, but I'm feeling pretty close to a couple. Oregon is definitely at the top of the list right now. I've been talking to coach (John) Neal a lot and that's been going real good."

Has coach Neal been the only coach from Oregon that you've been in contact with?

"It's coach Neal. I've been talking to him weekly, just catching up and everything. He said he got (my) film and liked that, so that's good to hear. I'm just looking forward to meeting and talking with him more."

Has coach Neal mentioned anything about a potential offer coming for you?

"Definitely. He said that they're looking at me real hard right now and they like what they saw this season at Jesuit. They like me as a safety and they like how I play in the secondary. I didn't get to play offense much this year because we had Jordan Talley -- he'd get 40 carries a game -- but I'm gonna get a chance to play quarterback this year, so they're excited to see me with the ball in my hands a little more, but coach Neal is real excited with how I play on defense."

Why is Oregon one of your favorite schools at this point?

"Oregon is on the top of the list because I like the coaching staff a lot -- all the coaches seem pretty laid back and know what they're all doing. I like the facilities and I grew up an Oregon kid. I moved (to Oregon) when I was 7 and I've been a Duck since then. My parents love it and it's real close to home. My sister actually went there for a little bit and she really liked it there and I know a lot of people who go there, so that's real good."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"The main thing is that I play with a lot of intensity. I'm real quick; electric I feel like is a real good word (to describe me). I give it all, non-stop. I won't stop until the whistle blows and that's pretty much how you gotta play at Jesuit."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"On offense, I don't know right now. Jacquizz (Rodgers), I've always been real quick like that, so I like that type of aspect (of his game). On defense, John Boyett definitely. He's a real good, hard-hittin' safety and he knows the game real well. He's one of those real smart players and I feel like that's what you need to compete at the next level, so I try to play the game as smart as I can and just fly recklessly to the ball and give it all I got the whole time."

What are you looking for in a program?

"A lot of it is location. First, because I like being near my family and just staying in the Pac-12 cause I have a lot of family on the West Coast, so that's good and that's not really an issue. Education is (also) a good thing and all the Pac-12 schools are really good -- Oregon has really good education...sports management, all that stuff, I really like that -- and just how I fit in with the team and the community because I need to be comfortable to know how I fit in and to be able to play at my best level. As long as I have those three things, I'm good to go at any school, but Oregon is definitely a good fit because I know so many people there."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Right now, it's pretty broad, but I do like business a lot. My dad's a business man, so I do like that. I definitely want to stay in the sports area of my life because that's a big part of my life. But who knows. My sister changed up her major three times already...but for right now it's business/sports management/that type of area pretty much."

Though you don't have any offers, who are some of the other schools you've been hearing a lot from?

"My main schools are UCLA -- I'm actually going down there in a couple of weeks -- Princeton and I was at Oregon State. Those are the top schools and just a lot of the Pac-12...Washington State. There's also Nebraska and Notre Dame -- I've been talking to them a lot -- and I've heard from others like at UNLV just over spring break, so those are just some of the main schools right now, but UCLA, Oregon, and Oregon State are probably at the top right now."

Do you have any plans to go to any camps? Junior Days? Unofficial visits?

"Yeah, like I said, I (went) to Princeton for their Junior Day, I visited Oregon State last Friday and UCLA. I might do some other ones, but I got some family obligations that I have. I'm making it out to Nebraska I think, I talked to Notre Dame and I'm planning an unofficial out there, and then just the rest of the Pac-12. I'm gonna make sure I get out to see all the schools and everything. I have some unofficials, like Washington State. I want to make sure to get out there."

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