Jeppesen Says Oregon Is, "My Kind Of Offense"

Portage (MI) Portage Central offensive lineman Nate Jeppesen is one of a number of highly recruited offensive linemen hailing from the state of Michigan in 2013. Though he only has two offers to date, Jeppesen says he's been in close contact with a number of national programs.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, but they are frequently sending me letters everyday."

Have you had any contact with coaches from Oregon?

"No, I haven't. I haven't really had the opportunity yet...I get mail and e-mail everyday."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm pretty interested in Oregon, seeing as how they run their offense pretty quick. We run the veer, so it's non-stop, constantly going fast and quick and I feel like I would be great in that offense because that's what their scheme is it looks like. Since we run the veer, when you're done with a play, you get up and run another one and that looks like my kind of offense right there."

Other than the speed of their offense, is there anything that stands out to you when you consider Oregon as maybe a potential option?

"Well I haven't really had an opportunity to go there, because I don't really have enough money to travel there, so I don't really know much about their program. I just know they have a pretty good program right now and it looks interesting."

Is distance a factor for you?

"I'm open, it's just the fact that traveling out there for an unofficial visit that we have to pay for...I'd like to go visit, because I'd like to see a Junior Day, I'd like to see all that stuff, we just don't really have the money right now. If I got an offer from [Oregon] it would be pretty sweet, but I can't really get out there is what I'm trying to say."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"As a player, I feel I show great leadership and I have an extremely hard work ethic. In the game, you just play every play like it's your last."

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

"Michigan State guard, Joel Foreman. What he's done this year and everything; he's one of my heroes...I try to follow him and what he's done, because he's a great athlete and a great person at the same time and that's what I want to be."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm looking for tradition in the program, a loud game day atmosphere and how that's like -- is it intense, is it psyched up and everything -- because I went to a couple games this year and it was kind of boring. I'm looking for a really intense game day atmosphere with the student section in to it. With the football program itself, I want to know how does it work, how do they run things. Academics wise, I have a learning disability, so a lot of tutoring would help me in the process. That would convince me pretty well, because I work hard to get the grades that I get, but I'm just not a straight A student -- which not everybody is -- but I work hard to get my C's. So tutoring is what I especially look for academics wise."

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

"I'm thinking of something psychology related or elementary education."

What offers do you currently hold from other programs?

"I have an offer from Central Michigan and Western Michigan."

Which programs have you had a lot of contact with, but don't yet have an offer from?

"Schools I feel like might be close to offering soon, I don't know yet. [I've been hearing from] Toledo, Illinois, Michigan State definitely, Nebraska, Michigan a little...pretty much the Big Ten, besides Minnesota and Ohio State. I hear a lot from Oregon and I really wish I could get out there cause I'd like to meet the coaches and everything and talk to them at least. There's a lot of SEC, Pac-12, and MAC [attention] and that's all I can think of right now."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"I'm still in the process of figuring things out, but I guess if I had to say right now, Oregon would be in the top three, but seeing as how I haven't had an opportunity to go out there, they're just in my top five. Right now it's probably Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon, Western Michigan, Central Michigan."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I've been to Michigan State -- a couple Junior Days -- and our high school spring break is this weekend, so I think I'm visiting with Illinois on the 10th and during spring break I'm visiting Central Michigan, Toledo, and a few other ones I think."

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