Sam Bodine Discusses Interest In Oregon

Canby (Ore.) linebacker Sam Bodine was a standout player last weekend at the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas. Here, he discusses his time there and who he is hearing from on the recruiting front.

Bodine was a part of the NEI South team that had a solid showing in Las Vegas last weekend, where he was named one of the standout players of the tournament by Scout. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker said he was proud to have been a part of what he thought was the best defense there.

"It was awesome being able to be with some of the top Oregon and Washington players," Bodine said. "I think that was the best part was competing with them and getting that bond that's going to last forever."

On the recruiting trail, Bodine has garnered interest from schools such as BYU, Utah, Arizona State and Washington.

"I just talked to a Washington coach yesterday and they have a lot of interest," Bodine said. "I'm actually going up there this Saturday to look at all of the facilities, watch practice and meet the coaching staff."

Bodine, himself, has interest in a top five program in his own backyard: Oregon.

"I went last summer to their camp going into my junior season and I did pretty good there," Bodine said. "I got to talk to (linebackers coach Don Pellum) and it was pretty fun. Hopefully I made a little bit of an impression."

Bodine said he enjoys Eugene, calling it a great college town. As far as the program goes, Bodine likes several aspects about it.

"The fans first and foremost," Bodine said. "I think they are awesome and I think they are some of the best in the country. The facilities are top notch and it's in-state. Having my parents be able to go to all of my games and having most of my family be able to see games too would be really nice."

Bodine plans on making as many trips as he can in the coming months, having received invites to camps at Arizona State, BYU and Harvard.

"I'm just waiting and trying to get to as much as I can, but obviously some are hard to get to," Bodine said.

Overall, Bodine said he's enjoying the fact that each week he's getting more attention during the recruiting process.

"It makes me happy when there's more activity," Bodine said. "I'm looking forward to the coming months because more colleges can see my film and hopefully I can attend some camps so they can come out and see me."

Bodine is working out twice a day in an attempt to increase his speed and vertical. Balancing that with heavy lifting, Bodine is taking the steps necessary to improve his profile heading into his senior year. And, being from a state that isn't historically known as a football hotbed, Bodine is trying to prove there are plenty of good athletes in Oregon.

"I know the competition isn't the best here, but I do believe we get under recruited," Bodine said. "Every day that just pushes me to push myself in the weight room and classes and go out and practice with what I need to practice on. You just have to stay humble."

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