Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?
What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?
"Basically, I've just talked on the phone a few times with coach (Nick) Aliotti and (linebackers coach Don) Pellum. It's going pretty good right now; I'll hopefully get to talk to them here hopefully tomorrow -- I called them yesterday and left them a voice mail -- because I want to get up there and watch a practice with my family and stuff like that. I want to meet some of the team and meet a few more coaches and stuff like that, too."
What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?
"My interest is very high with Oregon."
Is there anything in particular that stands out to you when you think of Oregon?
"There's multiple things. They're very close to home, so my family wouldn't have a problem getting out there and I won't be homesick since I'm only an hour and a half away from my house. Also, in my personal opinion, I think they're gonna be competing for a national championship year after year, just as long as nothing bad happens to them."
How legitimate are your concerns that Oregon will suffer some sort of penalty? Does that possibility impact your decision?
"I hear a lot of different things from a lot of different people, so I don't really know what to think about it. I watched the Pac-12 media day and I know (Chip Kelly) can't really speak on a lot of those things, but I hear from people -- mostly (Washington) Husky fans -- telling me, 'You know, they're gonna get screwed...' and stuff like that and I hear a lot of Oregon fans say 'Nah, it's not a big deal. If they did something wrong it's extremely minor.'"
Has that impacted you as far as when you want to make your decision?
"I thought I did toward the end of the summer, but it sounds like a few more offers are gonna come through. If that does happen, I want to give every school an equal opportunity and I want the best fit for me too. You never know. I may have never been to (a particular) school, but realize that it's the best for me. I want to seriously think about every individual school that comes through with an offer, then I'll make my decision."
Who are some of the other schools that you think might be close to offering?
"From what my coach tells me, the most recent are Arizona State, UNLV and Cal."
What offers do you currently have right now?
"I have Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Boise State, Idaho, Portland State and Eastern Washington."
Out of the schools you've been hearing from, do you have a list of favorites at this point?
"No, not really. I mean, each school has something that I really like about them. I haven't really thought about narrowing it down yet, but as of right now, the schools I'm thinking about are the schools that are close to home like Washington, Oregon and Oregon State because I've gone and met the coaches and been to their football camps and liked everything I saw there; their coaches were cool and the atmosphere was real nice also. I could go down to Colorado and maybe (decide) I like it the most there, so I'm trying to hit as many unofficial visits as I can."
Where have you visited unofficially?
"I've been to Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State...just those four schools."
Do you have any visits planned out for the rest of the summer?
"Yeah. I have some family in Colorado. We're gonna swing down when we go to Montana because they only live I think like 20 minutes away from (Boulder), so I was thinking I'd talk to the (Colorado coaches) a little bit about it and take a trip down there, meet with the coaches, see the university first hand and stuff like that. Also, if Arizona State comes through and offers -- which I'm told they probably will -- I'd plan on taking a trip out there too because that's a school of high interest for me."
Have you scheduled any official visits with anyone yet?
"No. No, I haven't."
How would you describe yourself as a player?
"I'd say I'm relentless. That's the way I like to play. I like to play with a huge motor and a lot of passion and a lot of tenacity; I kind of want to make my opponent respect me but also fear me at the same time."
Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?
"Yeah, there's multiple. There's Ray Lewis, Brian Cushing -- he's been one of my idols for a long time -- Patrick Willis, and there's a guy on the offensive side of the ball that plays a position I don't even play, Andre Johnson. (Johnson) is just a beast and a freak of nature and he kills every corner in the league and I admire that a lot too. That's kind of how I want to play as a linebacker."
Is Oregon looking at you at inside or outside linebacker?
"Every school is looking at me at outside, besides Colorado. (Colorado) said linebacker or fullback."
What are you looking for in a program?
"I want it to feel like a real humbling, family environment, but at the same time, I want to get a feel for the kids around me and make sure they want to win a championship or a bowl game as much as I do. That's the reason why we play; we play to win and I don't want to be on a team that's just 'Oh yeah, look at me. I play football.' I want to play with people who also want to go to the next level, because, for me, I want to play college football obviously for the education part, but past that, I want go to the NFL too, so I want to play with people with the same goal as me."
Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?
Do you have an ideal for when you'd like to make a decision?
"I thought I'd have one towards the end of the summer, but I didn't know how many offers I was going to get and I wasn't sure if I was 'maxed out.' From what I'm hearing, not only could Arizona State, UNLV and Cal be offering, but Oklahoma State could too. I have family that lives down there and they've been pulling for me pretty hard. The (Oklahoma State) coach wanted me to e-mail him with all my information, so I did that; hopefully something comes through with that. I may wait until my senior season and if nothing's came through, I might just want to commit somewhere if it feels right. I want to make sure I'm right so I don't have to de-commit and go through all of that."
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