Not So Little Brother

Roughly 150 football prospects reported to yesterday's combine at El Camino College in Torrance (Ca). The camp was loaded with talent and only 11 underclassmen were extended invitations, including a name that should sound pretty familiar to Oregon fans, Mitchell Schwartz.

Yes, Mitchell's older brother is Geoffrey Schwartz, who is a favorite to start on Oregon's offensive line when the 2005 season kicks off on September 1st in Houston. Yesterday it was time for his younger brother to attract some more attention of his own. Heading into his junior year at Palisades Charter High School, Mitchell already measures 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 276 pounds. He will likely grow another inch or two before he graduates and has that big frame with large powerful legs that coaches love. The young offensive tackle is also an excellent student, boasting a 4.0 plus G.P.A.

Mitchell put up some solid numbers during the various drills yesterday, including a 5.4 forty on a slow grass surface which is very respectable for a player his size. The one-on-one match ups generated more attention and while the participants took a brief water break, three of the coaches were spotted staring at Mitchell and nodding their heads in approval. Later, during a review of the lineman performances after the camp concluded it wasn't much of a surprise when one staffer noted that one of the sophomores looked very good. He had to check his notes for a name, but sure enough the player in question was Mitchell Schwartz.

Naturally it's too soon for the younger Schwartz to be recruited, although mail from prospective suitors is already starting to pile up at home. However, Mitchell has a busy summer planned. He already attended the Nike Camp at USC in April and of course the combine yesterday. Next Mitchell plans to head north for the Nike Camp in Eugene on June 18th, followed by Oregon's half-day football camp the next day. Finally, Schwartz will attend the Stanford summer football camp in late June. If that wasn't enough, he will also be busy playing baseball. You can be certain that the Duck staff is already evaluating Mitchell very closely and next year he could emerge as one of the premier offensive line prospects in the West.

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