Boehme Unofficially Visits Oregon

An underrated prospect who is just now starting to gain major attention from BCS programs, Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood three-star quarterback Parker Boehme sat down with eDuck Sports to discuss his recent unofficial visit to Oregon and where things currently stand in his recruitment.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"It's pretty confusing right now. They told me that they basically wanted me to come on campus and make it official, so I went out there (to Eugene) and did all that. They kind of got in trouble recently with the NCAA rules and what not and they're really uptight about not breaking any rules. They technically couldn't talk to me from a recruiting standpoint while I was on campus and they told me to call them the next day. I guess they forgot they had a kicking camp and were unable to pick up (the phone) and I haven't gotten a call or talked to them since I left camp. I would say no, I don't officially have an offer yet."

And this visit took place before the camp?

"It was a camp, I guess. Basically like a one-on-one workout with their coaching staff...This was last Friday in the stadium."

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

"They contact my guidance counselor at school a lot, always talking to him about grades and making sure I do good in school and I don't have a problem with anything. Most of the contact is through my head coach, coach Geis, via e-mail or text or something like that. I've really only spoken with them when they came down to watch me in the spring and they said they wanted to get me on campus and take me around and everything."

During your one-on-one workout in Oregon, were there other players working out with you?

"There was three of us in the workout: an offensive lineman and a quarterback, both from southern California. Johnny (Stanton) was his was just the two of us and the offensive lineman."

When you were in Eugene, did you get to take a tour of the campus or any of the facilities?

"Yeah, yeah; a complete tour basically from an educational standpoint. I saw everything on campus, drove around, saw the football facilities and everything they have to offer, so you could say it was an unofficial visit."

What was your overall impression of Oregon after taking your unofficial visit?

"The facilities are great. Obviously, with Mr. (Phil) Knight putting all that money in from Nike, they've done a real good job of using it well and building some of the top notch facilities in the country for student-athletes and the students there on campus. The facilities were awesome."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"They're high interest. They would be a top school if they definitely offered. It's hard to say that they are (on top) if they haven't offered, if you know what I mean. If they do, they would, but if they don't, they're not. They would definitely be one of the top schools on my list if they did offer me."

Is there something about Oregon that stands out to you in particular when you consider them as a potential option?

"Not one particular thing. I mean coach (Chip) Kelly, I spoke with him with my parents and he's just a real good guy; real down to earth and real easy to talk to. That's a huge plus. Some coaches in college can be real jerks, but he's a great guy and the facilities are awesome. Oregon always wins football games every year, I have family in Salem -- which is right down the road -- and I have a supporting crew, so to speak, if I go there. The campus is close and compact and everything seemed to be nice and green. The wildlife, I guess, a lot of people are in to that and the nature aspect of (Oregon) and that's definitely different than Jacksonville."

In your conversations with the Oregon coaches, what kinds of things have you and them discussed?

"Arm strength and toughness. Coach Kelly told me when we talked on the phone a couple weeks ago before I came and he said the toughness he saw on film while watching my highlight tape -- being able to stay in the pocket and deliver a pass right on target while getting drilled in the face by some defensive tackle or linebacker -- was good. When the quarterbacks coach (Mark Helfrich) came down to watch me throw, he was really impressed by the arm strength that I had to be able to make the comeback throws."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm a dual-threat guy, so I like to throw it before I run it, but I'll stick it in there and go head-to-head with some linebackers. I'm hard working and the competition down here in Jacksonville is pretty good, so there's never really a chance to slow the pace down."

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

"I like Drew Brees a lot. Several days before I went to Oregon, a coach compared me to Drew Brees almost and I thought that was awesome. Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, they're both awesome athletes and I'd love to become something like them or something close to them."

What are you looking for in a program?

"How the coaches are and if you can be good friends with the coaches because I'm going to be there for four years; the relationship. The relationship with the quarterback coach and really all of the coaches because you're going to be around them for four years for a lot time and if that's real crappy, it's going to be a REAL long four years if you do stay there. That's probably number one, number two would probably be the type of offense they run."

Do you know what you might want to major in when you get to college?

"No, I'm undecided on that. I've been trying to talk to my dad about it, but we still haven't come to a conclusion yet, so I'm still open."

What offers do you currently hold from other programs?

"Auburn, Duke, South Florida, Central Florida, Iowa State, Houston, those are the only ones off the top of my head."

Are there any other schools out there, like Oregon, who you've been in contact with, but have yet to offer?

"I feel like if Oregon offered and it falls through, then a lot of schools will kind be like, ‘Oh, well hey, we're close to offering you, but if Oregon has offered him, why wouldn't we?' type of thing and Oregon is obviously a top five school in the nation before the season starts. Right now though, not really. Oregon is probably the only one."

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

"I don't have a top five or anything like that. Everybody is open and anybody who wants to talk to me to try to recruit me, I'm more than happy to talk to them and kind of let them know where I stand, but I don't have a favorite school or if somebody offers, I'm going to pull the trigger. Everybody's open and has a fair shot, I guess."

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

"I went an Auburn camp, or I guess you could call it a ‘one-on-one workout', then Oregon, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to South Florida on Saturday. Those are the only ones that I've been planning towards going to so far."

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