Bafaro Makes Tough Decision, Chooses Oregon

In the end, it came down to Oregon and Washington, two familiar programs for Hillsboro (OR) Liberty three-star linebacker Brett Bafaro. After a night of rest in front of the TV watching some of his favorite programs, Bafaro woke up this morning with a clear conscious and a decision.

What made you feel that Oregon was the right place for you?

"I have a huge supporting cast here at Oregon. Everybody has helped me believe in myself from my sophomore year on out here in Oregon and I just feel like it's right for me to kinda stay close to home, close to my parents, and feel comfortable there."

You took an official visit to Washington a few weeks ago. How difficult was it deciding between the Ducks and the Huskies?

"It was extremely tough. It took me quite a while to get down to the (deciding factors) of stuff I did and didn't like about both places. I woke up this morning and said, ‘This is what feels right to me,' and I went with my gut feeling on it."

When you went to bed last night, did you feel there was still some uncertainty in your decision?

"Before I went to bed last night, I made sure to watch some of my favorite TV shows and try to get my mind off of it and really just relax, so in the morning, when I woke up, I'd have a clear mind and I wasn't stressed about everything. I woke in the morning and decided that (Oregon) is where I need to go."

What TV shows did you watch?

"Oh man (laughter). I watched a little bit of Eastbound and Down, which is one of my favorites, and a little bit of Tosh.0."

Which coaches from Oregon did you notify of your verbal commitment?

"I talked to coach (Nick) Aliotti and coach (Don) Pellum. They just told me that they were extremely excited and they're happy I'm on board for them because they feel (Oregon) is the right place for me too and it's a mutual feeling."

In your discussions with the coaches, have they discussed with you how many linebackers they plan on taking this recruiting cycle?

"No, no. They haven't."

Despite your commitment, do you have any more official visits scheduled?

"Yeah, as far as I'm concerned I won't. I'm pretty much done (with recruiting) because I'm happy with my decision, so I don't plan to."

When do you plan on arriving in Eugene?

"I'm going to be there in the summer. I would LOVE to be there in the spring, but I don't think it's going to be possible." Brett Bafaro profile

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