Ducks Are In Lemke's Top Two

A diamond in the rough when it comes to the top tight end talent on the West Coast, Issaquah (WA) tight end Eric Lemke currently holds no offers, but is being hotly pursued by some of the Northwest's top college football programs.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"Not yet."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"So far, Oregon has probably been the number one school that has been talking to me the most. The two coaches that I've really been talking to are coach (Tom) Osborne and coach (Steve) Greatwood, the tight end coach and the offensive line coach (respectively). Last year, I got invited to go down to the Stanford-Oregon game and it was very exciting to see the atmosphere and everything and it was a great experience. Then, during basketball season, I got invited to go to the Civil War game and during that, I got the opportunity to walk around the campus with coach Greatwood and see all the academic buildings with Oregon everything. I really loved the college campus."

Those visits you spoke of, were those your first two times in Eugene?

"Yeah, the football game was the first time I've been in Eugene and it was just incredible how the atmosphere was and everything. It was definitely a good game to come down for, obviously."

How often would you say that you're in contact with coach Greatwood and coach Osborne?

"I talk to them probably once a week or maybe once every two weeks. It's usually e-mailing or sometimes I'll give them a call or something, but it's usually once every week or something like that."

In your conversations with them, have they mentioned anything as far as an offer possibly coming through for you?

"Yeah, from what I've been hearing and everything, they love me as a football player and even coach Chip Kelly said that which is a great feeling obviously coming from a big-time coach like him. They said, 'You're a great player and you remind us of our tight end now, David Paulson.' It just seems like they like guys like that."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"It's a very high interest. Right now, I have a couple of other schools that are interested already, but I mean Oregon right now has to be easily up there for number one or just tied (for me). With Oregon, you just can't go wrong with their facilities and their obviously a great coaching staff with how they win and everything. The opportunity to play there would be incredible."

How would describe yourself as a player?

"Physical. In my high school offense, we don't throw to the tight end as much as my coach says we should, but I'm not scared to put my hand down and blow off a defensive end like some guys are. I just consider myself as a physical football player and I like to get after it."

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

"Yeah, I really look up to Jason Witten. I like how he plays. Him and Antonio Gates. Those two guys are big and can block but they can be really effective in the passing game as well."

What are some of the big things that you're looking for in a program?

"Really the college life. I don't really want to go to a big city, I want to be in that college town/small town, kind of like an Oregon or Oregon State type of town where it's more compact and everything. Also, the academics of what I'd like to pursue and also just the opportunity to play. I don't want to go to a school where I don't think I'll have an opportunity to play and I also don't want to go somewhere and wait around a couple years to play. Also the coaching staff, their record of how they win and also their facilities and how well you get taken care of I guess."

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

"I thought about maybe some sports business or something along the lines of business and sports. I'm really in to history also."

What offers do you hold from other schools right now?

"I don't have any offers right now. I'm still waiting for that first one, but right now, the schools I've been talking to the most so far are Oregon, Boise State, Oregon State and Washington."

Out of that group, do you have a favorite or favorites?

"Definitely Boise State and Oregon; those two schools could go one or two. I'd say Washington is three, Oregon State is four and I've been talking to Utah a lot more and I'd say Utah is five."

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

"A few weeks ago, me and my dad took a road trip to other schools. We hit the Junior Day at Idaho, took an unofficial to Boise State -- got to tour the campus and everything and saw all the facilities and met some of the players and that was a great experience seeing that -- and then did same thing at Oregon. We watched their practice and everything and saw how they do things. We got a tour of the athletic facilities cause I had already seen the campus before. At Oregon State, we got a tour of the campus, the athletic facilities and saw a practice and everything. Then, with me living in the backyard of Washington, I just know pretty much everything about it. Really those top Northwest schools I hit all the way up and I just really liked both Oregon schools, Boise State and Washington."

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