Barton Looking To Be Comfortable

Built like a college safety, Concord (CA) De La Salle four-star linebacker Michael Barton has all the tools to develop in to a premier linebacker at the next level. Barton's speed, athleticism, and tenacity have caught the eye of many a Pac-12 team, Oregon included.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"I don't have an offer from Oregon yet, but I've been talking to the coaches and I am being recruited by them."

Which coaches from Oregon have you been in contact with?

"Coach (Nick) Aliotti, the defensive coordinator."

And coach Aliotti has been the only coach from Oregon that you've been in contact with?

"Yes."

How often are you and coach Aliotti in contact?

"We've spoke on the phone twice and he said that they were recruiting me and that they will be coming out this spring to evaluate me, but I'll be in track season still."

In your conversations with him, has he mentioned anything about a potential offer coming through for you?

"Yeah. They're definitely very interested in me and they just want to take a few more evaluations, but I'm pretty sure an offer will come down."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm very interested in Oregon. They're a great program by far and they do a lot of great things up there as far as winning and as far as putting good teams together constantly every year, so I have interest in Oregon if they offer."

Outside of their winning tradition, is there anything in particular that captures your interest when you consider Oregon?

"I haven't looked in to them academically, but I'm pretty sure they have nice academic facilities as well and that's one thing that I'm really looking forward to as far as my college choice. Do you they fit my academic needs as far as what I want to major in."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I guess I'd describe myself as I like to get to the ball as quick as I can. I'm always around the ball trying to make a lot of plays."

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

"Not necessarily. I've looked and I don't think my style of play is similar to anyone else's. I guess you could say I'm a Troy Polamalu-type...I don't know (laughter)."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm just looking for how comfortable I'm gonna be there for the next four years. Definitely just comfort and how I feel and how I fit in with a program. In terms of the football program, I'm concerned with how well the football program is doing, the direction they're headed in and all that kind of stuff and what not. That's what I'm looking for."

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

"I have three possibilities right now: business management, kinesiology and probably communications. Those are my three right now, but I'm not sure yet."

Do you have any offers from other schools right now?

"Yeah I have nine offers right now. I have Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Cal, UCLA, Arizona State, LSU and SMU."

Out of the offers that you have and out of the schools you've been hearing from, do you have any favorites?

"I don't have a top list. I haven't visited every school, so I don't want to make a top list until I have a chance to see every school and that's when I'll make my decision."

Do you have a timetable as far as when you would like to have a decision made?

"Yeah, possibly right before my senior season starts. I don't want to deal with it throughout the season, I just want to focus really on my season and winning another state championship."

Do you have any plans to attend any camps or take any unofficial visits?

"I don't have any camps planned because of track season this spring -- track is really competitive and we do a lot of traveling on the weekends -- but the only camp I'm going to for sure is the USC Rising Stars camp. I'm interested in USC and they're interested in me, so I'll go to one of their summer camps, but that's all."

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