Catching up with Chris Seisay

American Canyon (Calif.) Chris Seisay committed to Oregon back in June, shortly after verbally de-committing from Boise State. With his senior season wrapped up, Seisay spoke with eDuck about his status with the Ducks and his steps going forward.

American Canyon went 11-2 this season, which included separate five and six game win streaks before falling in the third round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section 2012 playoffs to Oakdale, 42-19. Despite the bitter taste of defeat, Seisay said that what his team accomplished went beyond expectations.

"It was our second year having a varsity team," Seisay said. "No one expected us to go to the third round of the playoffs in Division III. So I'm happy."

Personally, Seisay said that he improved in several areas with the help of his defensive backs coach. He specifically cited his tackling form and patience on the field as areas that he targeted to improve on before the season began. Now with the season over, visits from Oregon coaches are starting to become frequent.

In the past week, Seisay has been in contact with Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal and received a visit from defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti a few days ago. Next week, he'll receive another visitor.

"Next Wednesday is when (head) coach Chip (Kelly) will do his visit to my school," Seisay said.

Rumors of Kelly's departure to the NFL have become more and more frequent in recent weeks, leading fans to believe that it is having a negative effect on recruiting. Recent de-commit Alex Redmond mentioned that it partially played a factor in his decision, though he is still considering Oregon. However, Seisay said it is a different story on his end because it was Aliotti and Neal who personally recruited him heavily, not Kelly.

"It really wouldn't affect me if he leaves or not," he stated.

In addition to keeping in contact with several other Oregon commits such as John Mundt, Darren Carrington and Thomas Tyner, Seisay is preparing heavily for life in green and yellow. He has plans to undertake a strict training program with track and football coaches to build up his strength and stamina in preparation for fall camp.

"I'm going to be doing a lot of footwork and strength work in the weight room with my DB coach," Seisay said. "He's going to help me out a lot this offseason to try to put on more pounds and get stronger so that I can be ready for that level of competition."

In regards to building a relationship with his future teammates, Seisay said he thinks they'll be able to create a strong bond during their time in Eugene.

"We're going to be around each other for the next four years so I feel like we're going to get a close relationship either now or by the time we get (to Oregon)," Seisay said.

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