Congrats on the Duck offer, what coach(s) have you been talking with at Oregon? Who and when did they offer?
I spoke briefly with Coach Taggart, but the offer came from Coach Cristobal. It came yesterday (Monday, Feb. 6, 2017) night right after my basketball practice! It was a pleasant surprise to say the least!
How interested in the Ducks are you?
I am still learning more about the school and program; gathering as much information as possible on all the schools that have offered me.
What are some of the major things you want to know about a particular school?
I want to be a doctor so the two most important things to me are will the school prepare me for a career in medicine and is the coaching staff a good fit.
How many offers do you have and are any teams standing out?
I have received three offers so far - UCLA, USC and Oregon. I know all three are amazing universities both academically and athletically. Getting an offer from any of them is a huge honor. I was able to make an unofficial visit to UCLA and it was good one. I have not been to USC yet, hopefully this summer. I have been to the University of Oregon campus several times, once for the Hershey's and State Track meets. I also went to Oregon's football camp the summer after they were in the National Championship. (Dad said to mention I was awarded 'most outstanding sophomore tight end'). Other than that, I do not know much about the school and campus. I have had good conversations with Coach Taggart and Coach Cristobal. As far as leaning toward any one school, it is too early. I am trying to keep an open mind, and just learn as much as I can about each school.
Tell dad thanks for mentioning that! That a big honor; do you want to play tight end in college or on the defensive side of the ball?
It was a big surprise. There were a lot guys there! I do not have a preference. I will play wherever needed. I just want on the field.
Do you have a type of medicine you would like to practice?
I want to be a surgeon.
What got you interested in medicine?
My grandpa is a doctor and my grandma is a nurse.
That is great; Dr. Draco Bynum has a nice ring. Did you grow up in Oregon?
I grew up in Pendleton (Ore.) My family moved to Wilsonville (Ore.) just before my freshman year.
Do you want to do track in college too? What events do you do?
I have not really thought about doing track in college, probably not. I throw shot and discuss. I used to triple jump too. I may try the 300 hurdles this year.
What your current height and weight?
I am about 6-5, 250.
Enjoyed chatting with you Draco, I can tell that you are a very insightful and intelligent young man.
Thank you so much.