Schwartz Brothers Spend Time Together

This has been an exciting week for the Lee Schwartz family of Pacific Palisades, California. Earlier this week an earthquake off the Northern California coast caused many along the California and Oregon coastline to seek higher ground because of a false tsunami warning. Less harrowing, on Saturday Mitchell Schwartz participated in the Nike camp held at the University of Oregon's Moshofsky Center along with nearly 250 other players.

While Mitchell Schwartz was going through the various drills in the Moshofsky Center he had a very large and interested fan in attendance -- his big brother Geoff, an offensive lineman for the Oregon Ducks.

Mitchell Schwartz, 6-5, 276 has another week of school and in fact according to his dad Lee, he will miss the last day of school to attend a football camp at Stanford. You see Mitchell is fast becoming one of the top-soon-to-be juniors to play football next season. In fact he has already received an invitation to the prestigious U.S. All-American combine to be held in San Antonio, Texas next January. The top high school players are invited to participate in the San Antonio combine with many of those having an excellent shot at playing in the annual U.S. Army All-American game in the future. Mitchell was one of the top performers at's combine held at El Camino College a few weeks ago.

Mitchell has a busy summer ahead of him. On Sunday, he'll attend a one-day camp put on by the Oregon coaching staff. Later this week he'll go to Palo Alto and after the Stanford camp he will be playing baseball in a summer league. His high school team made it to the playoffs before ending the season. In July Mitchell will play in a summer football league.

With all this activity Mitchell has had a chance to compare some of the competition. He thought the Eugene camp was well run but saw some very good talent at the Los Angeles Scout camp. He was impressed with the turnout in Eugene.

"Very well put together," Mitchell Schwartz said of the Eugene Nike camp. "Very well run and a great turnout."

Mitchell doesn't have any real college preferences right now and that is probably because his dad has advised him to take his time and make the very best decision for his future. Most likely, Mitchell could be one of the very best players nationally next season and the recruiting process will take on a life of its own.

"We went through all of this with Geoff," said Lee Schwartz of the recruiting process. "We learned a lot from that experience."

The experience should come in handy as it is very likely that Mitchell Schwartz will be on many program's wish list including the Oregon Ducks. Just because his brother plays for the Ducks doesn't mean the Ducks have an inside lane, but then it certainly doesn't hurt either. Mitchell thought that the recruitment of Jonathan Stewart was a great pick up for Oregon and thought it too bad that Rey Maualuga decided to go to USC instead of Oregon. Oregon recruited Maualuga hard but when it came decision time at the U.S. Army All-American game, the linebacker from Eureka, California opted for the Trojans. Stewart also played in the elite U.S. Army game and of course signed a letter of intent to Oregon and will be on campus this August.

The Eugene Nike camp has been held several years, but this year the number of potential Division I prospects was not as many as in years past. Devin Ross, the highly regarded cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) was scheduled to participate but was not there. Jeremy Ricker, the star quarterback from McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania did not participate in the Nike camp but is expect to be at the Oregon camp on Sunday.

One player of local Oregon interest, quarterback Kevin Riley, 6-1, 192, Beaverton (Ore.) Beaverton HS, had a good showing. Riley already has an offer from the California Bears.

As the camp session wore down toward the end, Geoffrey, 6-7, 345, was looking for his "little" brother. Waiting for the final huddle to end, Geoff Schwartz was talking to Oregon assistant coach Don Pellum. Pellum's son was a participant in the camp. Just as Schwartz was starting to tell Pellum of his opinion of th Moshofsky Center's hard carpet who should walk up but Oregon senior quarterback Kellen Clemens. Clemens stopped by to workout with Taylor Barton of Greg Barton Football Camps (and part of the coaching staff of the Nike camp). Clemens explained that he had been working with Barton over the summer months and was hoping to get some pointers about preventing being hit from the blind side.

"We'll take care of that," said a grinning Geoff Schwartz, referring to the Oregon offensive line.

All smiled and went on their way. Pellum rejoined his son, Clemens to his workout and Schwartz put a big-brotherly arm around the shoulder of his younger brother as they headed for lunch. While the ocean did not sweep nearly a mile inland to the Schwartz home in Pacific Palisades this week, clearly on Saturday Mitchell has someone on his side.

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