Colorito, Oregon Warming Up

Beaverton (OR) two-star outside linebacker Evan Colorito is an emerging prospect who could see his recruitment skyrocket this summer with impressive performances on the camp circuit. With three offers in hand, Colorito sat down with eDuck to discuss recruiting and the Oregon Ducks.

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 got a letter from them on the 1st of September [last year] and I had really never talked to a coach and then I went down to a game...I think coach (Bob) Boyer had talked to coach (Steve) Greatwood or something -- my coach has been a high school for 20 years, so he knows a lot of the coaches around the state and stuff -- and had told him about me or something...I think it was January when I started talking to coach (Don) Pellum and they started talking to me off and on. They came last week and coach Greatwood came two weeks ago. They said they really like me, they're really interested, they just want me to be at the camp. I'm going to go to a non-padded, skills camp on June 20 and hopefully they'll have an offer for me when I perform well."

In your conversations with the Oregon coaches, what have they said they like about you?

"Well one, they really like how I have good size already. It's not even about the weight, it's about how tall and lanky I am and everything and how I have a really good motor and I'm fast and I play sideline-to-sideline. They're not really worried about how perfect your steps are, or how big and strong you are, they just want to make sure that you're an athlete and that you're fast and can run and can hit and everything. Once you're in college, they can teach you how to do the steps and they can get you bigger, they just want to make sure you're a raw athlete and they can make you a football player."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"At first, I kind of got away from them a little. I liked Oregon, but I didn't talk about them much cause I didn't want to boast or anything because they didn't really start recruiting me and I hadn't talked to a coach yet. Now that I've met a few of the coaches and everything, I really like Oregon, and I'd say Oregon is in my top three schools right now; they could be even number one. I like the whole program, I like the coaching staff, and I like what they have going on as a whole. I'm really interested in them."

Who is in your current top group of schools?

"These are all schools that haven't offered me yet, but I have potential offers from because I'm going to their camps in June: California, USC, and Oregon."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I think the first word I would use is explosive. I'm pretty explosive when it comes to my first step. When I was playing defensive end, my burst off the line was really quick and fast. I'm pretty hard to block when I'm coming off the edge. I'd have to say I'm quick, I'm aggressive, I'm explosive."

Has Oregon specified which position they're evaluating you at?

"Most coaches I talk to have me at outside linebacker, but Boise State said that they would have me at a hybrid. I think personally, since I've been recruited by Oregon at outside linebacker, they've gone in to some detail about what they would put me at, but I think I'd play a position like Dion Jordan plays...That hybrid, outside linebacker/defensive end."

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

"Growing up, I was a USC fan, so I always liked those core USC ‘backers like Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, and Clay Matthews. I've always loved Cushing, but now that I'm more kind of an outside linebacker, I've really started to model my game after Clay Matthews."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Everyone says that academics are normally their first pick, but I think my first pick is family, like how well you get along with everyone. Do I feel like I'm part of the team and how comfortable I am. If the academics are amazing, but you don't feel comfortable, then there's no reason for you to be there. It's better to be somewhere where you feel more comfortable, so I think comfortability is my very first thing. My second thing I'm looking for in a school is the coaching staff: How long the coaches have been there, the success of those coaches individually, the success of those coaches as a whole...I want to be at a school that I fit in with the coaches. Then the school has to have good academics so I can succeed and get my degree."

There's a few players from the State of Oregon that are already verbally committed who in your class, in Thomas Tyner and Evan Voeller. Do you have a relationship with either of those guys?

"Me and Evan have worked out at the same place for a while, but him and I are kind of acquaintances but we're on a first name basis. Me and Thomas have been friends since we were in third grade, so me and Thomas are pretty good friends."

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

"It's changed over the year, because I've really wanted to go in to the medical field and go in to health sciences, so I'll either go in to the medical field or health science area or I'll go in to business."

What are the offers you currently hold from other programs?

"I just have three. I have one from Colorado, Montana, and Portland State."

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

"I've already visited Oregon and Boise State, so I plan in two weekends -- Sunday, June 3 -- I'm going to Cal for their camp. The following Sunday, on June 10, I'm going to USC's camp. Then the following Wednesday, I think I'm going to fly out to Provo and I'm going to go to BYU's Junior Day, and then after that I think I'm going to Oregon State, Oregon and I still haven't decided, but I just got invited to Arizona State's camp which is July 27."

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