Rich Awaits Initial Pledge

Though he has yet to score any scholarship offers, Portland (OR) Jesuit offensive lineman Max Rich is one of the state's top overall prospects, claiming contact from most of the Pac-12 and even programs as far east as Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No. I do not."

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

"I've been getting a bunch of letters, questionnaires, they've asked me to come to their camps. Besides that, they've just asked me to come to their camps and stuff and offered me tickets to their games, the basketball games...but besides that, that's about it."

Have you gotten the chance to speak to any coaches from Oregon either in person, over the phone, or through e-mail?

"Not really. I mean the coaches have come to watch practice before, so they've done that. They've come to practice a couple of times and have seen me."

You are teammates with fellow Jesuit offensive lineman, Andrew Kirkland. Do you guys ever discuss playing together at the next level?

"We haven't really started that yet, but we all think it would be fun to play together."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"It's definitely really high interest. They're a really good program as they've proved the last couple of years...I mean, they're really good. I'd really be interested in going there just because they're really talented and you can see that they get players."

Is there anything in particular about Oregon that jumps off the page when you consider them as a potential option?

"It's a unique offense, but very effective. I feel like it would be cool to play in that offense just cause of the way it's set up. You have to work really hard to play [at Oregon] because you have to be in shape and you also have to know your stuff really well. You have probably 10 seconds to think about what you've got to do on each play."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm a big, athletic offensive tackle. I mostly play left tackle, but for my size, I'm quick and I'm strong and I can get off the ball quick and I can do pretty much anything, in my opinion."

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

"I wouldn't really say [there's a player] I look up to really. I know Jacob Wark who goes to Cal and who went to Jesuit and he plays tight end for them and also Matt Pierson, who goes to Oregon now. I don't really look up to a guy, but [those guys] have really shown me how hard you have to work in order to get to the next level."

What are you looking for in a program?

"[The school] has to have a secure coaching staff, because you don't want the coaches to change when you're at the school and they have to be relatively decent. I wouldn't want to be on the worst team losing every game because that just doesn't sound fun to anyone. I know Oregon has both of those and those are great qualities about their program."

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

"Yeah, it's sort of [between] two majors right now: Sports management or business -- one of those two. Sports management and business can sort of be the same."

What offers do you currently hold from other schools?

"I don't have any offers, but I've been looked at by a ton of places. I haven't really had time to go to the camps because I also play spring basketball as well and it's hard to go to the camps. Basketball helps keep me in shape and it's really good, but I haven't really gotten my name out there that much, so this summer I would like to go to more and more camps."

What are some of the other schools that you've been hearing from?

"I've been hearing from most of the Pac-12, so I've heard from Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, I've heard from Cal, I've heard from USC, UCLA, Utah. I've heard from places like Pittsburgh, Duke, Notre Dame, I've heard from Vanderbilt, so I mean, sort of all over."

Though you don't have any offers, do you have a top five or a list of favorites in your mind?

"Kind of. I would like to go to a high academic school. Academics have always been important to me and I have a good GPA and you always want that major that proves you can do something for a job later in life. Two good schools I've been looking at are Stanford and Notre Dame because they're really good academically-wise and they're also good at football, too. Really, I'm looking at anywhere, as long as they -- for the most part -- have great academics."

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 haven't really been too many places. I've been to Oregon State for a couple of their football games and I tried to come down to a couple of Oregon games but I didn't get tickets, but I know I'm going to the Notre Dame camp, I'll probably go to a couple Pac-12 camps that I haven't decided on really...I've been to an Oregon State camp once...that was two years ago."

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