Forget Location

Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (6-5.5, 300, 5.3) from Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades (Calif.) said he has offers from Oregon, Virginia, Tennessee, Washington State, Stanford and Michigan. Schwartz denies a leader. "I'm not rushing into an early decision because I don't want to favor a college, choose it, and then end up not being comfortable there," he said.

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"Michigan was the first to offer me on Friday, May 12. I've liked them all the way through because they've always had a top program, football-wise. I've heard they have a nice campus, so I will find out when I visit in August. I was pretty excited to be getting letters from them, and then an actual scholarship. Michigan's coaches say I have pretty good feet," Schwartz said.

"My brother, Geoff Schwartz, plays for Oregon. He's going to be a junior offensive lineman next season. Because of Geoff, I've visited and gotten to know the coaches real well. Oregon's coaches seem to like each other and work well together. On a direct plane flight, it's only about two hours from home.

"I've also visited Stanford because it's close to home. It's a highly-regarded school even if you take away the sports. Besides great academics, the coaches are friendly and the campus is really big. They seem to be recruiting me the hardest because they send me a lot of handwritten mail and their coaches visited my school in May," Schwartz said.

"Tennessee is good at running the ball. They hand the ball off instead of passing it," he said. "Virginia must have good linemen coaching because in April's NFL draft, the first offensive lineman was picked from Virginia.

"If Notre Dame, USC or California offered me, I would consider them too. I've also looked into Miami. I like these schools but their coaches say they need my next year's film to see if my technique has improved by then--mostly my staying low and finishing blocks," he said.

Schwartz denies preferring to say in-state. "I have to choose the best school--the one I feel most comfortable at--not based on its location," Schwartz said. "I'm mostly looking for a good relationship with the coaches, especially the position coach because I'll be spending so much time with him.

"This summer, the only camp I have planned is the lineman camp with my team in Stockton (Calif.)," he said.

Schwartz reports a 4.0 core GPA and a 29 score on last year's ACT. He awaits his May SAT and June ACT retake.

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