Sirmon to visit Oregon

2015 Wenatchee (Wash.) linebacker Cy Sirmon is receiving attention from a number of Pac-12 schools and already has a game visit planned.

Wenatchee (Wash.) linebacker cy Sirmon has a strong Northwest connection. The nephew of former Oregon and Tennessee Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon, he's up-and-coming junior that prides his game on being aggressive and stopping the run with his physical style of play. Standing 6-foot-2.5 and 225-pounds, he not only acts the part, but looks it.

"My strengths have always been in-between the tackles," Sirmon said. "I'm a downhill player, a lot of people have said. I'm a big middle linebacker for my league. There aren't many guys that are my size so I do well stopping iso's and fullbacks."

Sirmon likes to say there's always room for improvement and he took it to heart in the offseason by focusing on different parts of his game and attending speed camps in Seattle. He was named the MVP of the Northwest Elite Index camp at Mercer Island and is listed as one of the top linebacker prospects by NEI. Already, the improvement is exceeding his expectations.

"First game I had double-digit tackles, I think I had 14," Sirmon said. "I have over two sacks, two tipped balls and 20-plus tackles in the first three games. I've been performing well."

Sirmon's ultimate goal is to haul in a pick-six, which he feels is close to happening. Even without it, his play has already attracted the attention of a number of Pac-12 programs.

"I'm getting letters from Oregon and Washington, Boise State, Colorado and Cal are the biggest ones," Sirmon said. "Colorado has not sent me a game invite but Cal has, Oregon has and Washington has."

Having already taken in a Washington game this season, he will travel to Oregon in October to see the Ducks take on UCLA. The game will give him his first opportunity to compare schools and atmospheres. It will be his first trip to Oregon for a full game, which has him excited.

"I went to a couple Washington games as a kid and I went to Oregon's Spring Game when my uncle was a graduate assistant, but otherwise I haven't been to a major game," Sirmon said.

Uncle Peter is now the linebackers coach up at Washington, creating an interesting dynamic with Cy's recruitment. Though he said that he would love to play for his uncle, Cy wants it to be known that it will not be a factor in his decision.

"It's kind of a unique situation," Sirmon said. "It's awesome to be able to know that he's going to be the guy recruiting me, but we're trying to make him not a factor. I'd love to be coached by my uncle, but that is not going to be the selling ticket on where I go."

While some may perceive that the recruiting process could be easier for Sirmon due to the connection, he said it actually makes it more difficult.

"It's actually a little bit harder," Sirmon said. "It makes things more political and it's an awkward situation sometimes because it's family."

Sirmon purposely avoided traveling around to a bunch of camps in the offseason, but anticipates that will change after the season. Still, he doesn't feel the need to travel around the country to several camps, preferring to let his game film be the focal point.

"I'm planning on stepping up the camps a little bit, but I'm going to let my game film do the talking," Sirmon said, subsequently adding, "I do my best on Friday nights."

Though he isn't completely sure, Sirmon is thinking about pursuing a business degree in college. In terms of what will factor into his decision from a football standpoint, the Northwest product would like to stay nearby.

"I'd love to stay close to home," Sirmon said. "With my uncle, I'm trying to keep it non-biased and go with with my best option, the place I feel at home at. If I'm graced with the opportunity to choose, it's going to come down to the way I feel when I'm on campus, at the facilities and how I interact with the coaches and players. That's huge."

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