Bornstein preparing for competition

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Zack Bornstein is juggling football and track while chasing his Olympic dreams.

Oaks Christian tight end Zack Bornstein hasn't been making waves on the football recruiting scene for a reason. The decathlete has been preparing for the Pan American Junior Athletics Championship in Medellin, Columbia.

"I leave next Sunday and I compete the 23-24," Bornstein said.

Bornstein has managed to juggle football and track workouts while training for the big event.

"I've been balancing the two by doing track workouts in the morning and football workouts in the afternoon," Bornstein said. "Going into the competition, I'm ranked third. But if I do what I believe I can and put up a good score, I can maybe contend for a gold medal."

Bornstein hopes to make the 2016 Olympics in Rio, representing Canada. Still, he plans to be a dual sport athlete in college, competing in track and field and football. The senior tight end holds offers from Army, San Jose State, Wyoming and Idaho, but has been hearing from many Pac-12 schools.

"I've been in contact with Duke, Stanford, West Point (Army), San Jose State, Idaho and I recently got offered by the University of Wyoming," Bornstein said. "Then there's all the letters and mail that I'm getting from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, UCLA and all the Pac-12 schools."

UCLA, Stanford and Duke have been in contact with Bornstein frequently. He hopes to check out Duke and take a few other visits before making a decision.

"I haven't been to Duke, so I'd like to take a visit out there to check out facilities and the campus," Bornstein said. "Then I'd take two officials to schools that had offered me in West Point (Army) and San Jose State."

Bornstein said he has visited most of the Pac-12 schools, and hopes to pick up more offers once he turns his focus back to football in the fall.

"Right now I'm just taking my time and waiting for senior season to start and maybe that will open more doors for me with colleges that see what I do," Bornstein said.

He also hopes to pick up one a Pac-12 offer from another program known for both track and football.

"I definitely am really interested in Oregon, in both track and football," Bornstein said. "They're great."

Bornstein struck up a bond with new Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who was also a decathlete, earlier this year. Whether or not he picks up that offer remains to be seen. For now, he is excited to be healthy and ready to make an impact during his senior year.

"I'm really excited for this year, being 100 percent," Bornstein said. "We're going to have a great football team this year and I think we are definitely a contender for state."


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