Three schools staying on Scarlett this spring

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett has seen a number of schools stop by during the evaluation period.

Cameron Scarlett has seen a number of schools stop by this spring while he focuses on his track season. Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford have all been by to visit Scarlett during the evaluation period.

The Cardinal came by twice, giving the four-star prospect a chance to strengthen the bond that he already has with the coaching staff.

"They're definitely trying to build a good relationship, which is definitely something that is going to help influence my decision," Scarlett said.

Scarlett said that three schools in particular are recruiting him the hardest.

"The hardest recruiting would probably be Stanford, Oregon and BYU," Scarlett said. "BYU pushes real hard for me. Stanford and Oregon both push hard but they do it in a way that it kind of feels good to me to know that they're there and still interested."

Scarlett intends to visit BYU officially if he can find time in the summer. He's unsure at this point where he'll take his other visits, electing to wait until after track season ends to plan out his destinations.

"I know BYU is coming next week," Scarlett said. "I think next Tuesday or Wednesday. And I think Washington's running backs coach is going to come."

Oregon wide receivers coach Matt Lubick stopped by earlier this week, but their conversation was short-lived as Scarlett had to get to class. However, Scarlett is fully aware of the Ducks continued interest in him from former Duck and Central Catholic coach Anthony Newman, who let him know recently that the staff is still very intrigued by the in-state athlete.

"He said all the coaches were talking about me and how excited they were when I went down a couple weeks ago," Scarlett said. "He just told me that they all love me, so they're pretty serious about recruiting me still."

Scarlett was initially going to be in town for a track meet but Central Catholic dropped out, giving him all day to take in what the Ducks had to offer.

"We got the full tour," Scarlett said. "It was really good. I got to see all of the academic side which was really interesting to me because I didn't know much more than Oregon's flashy uniforms and good football program. So seeing the academic side really helped me understand more about the school."

Scarlett also got a chance to catch up with former acquaintances such as former Ram Alex Balducci, Cal-transfer Johnny Ragin (Wilsonville HS) and running back Thomas Tyner (Aloha HS). He watched all of them in practice and marveled at how quick everything was up close.

"When you hear about Oregon everybody thinks about how fast it is to see them in practice," Scarlett said. "It really shows they're on top of their stuff and everything is fast with them, which is real cool to see."

Scarlett will be back in Eugene at the end of the month for a track meet and said he might meet with the coaching staff again during the trip. The staff has made it known that he would have the opportunity to run track at Oregon, but Scarlett isn't completely sure he will participate at the collegiate level.

"It interests me in some way," Scarlett said. "If it's going to help me out in football then I'll do it. Track isn't my real love, but I definitely feel it helps me with my football game."

As far as the rest of his spring, Scarlett intends on participating at the NFTC Eugene in June.

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