Where the Land is Green

Offensive lineman Darrion Weems (6-5, 265, 5.1) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) said Oregon (offer) leads solidly over Nebraska (offer), USC and Michigan. "I'm being recruited as an offensive lineman. I love this position because I have to ability to shut someone out completely by tackling them...

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"I'm being recruited as an offensive lineman. I love this position because I have to ability to shut someone out completely by tackling them—I have more impact this way. But I also played defensive end in high school," Weems said.

"Oregon offered me first in February. I just got back yesterday from their camp. I practiced hard. It was my first time on the campus, and I fully enjoyed myself," he said. "Coach (Mike) Bellotti and I sat in his office and he told me that the coaching staff will all be there for a long time. I like that they are keeping their coaches and that I wouldn't have to worry about any change. Also, I had heard that the facilities were great but wow! They have a huge locker room, indoor practice room, and the stadium is nice too. I like that Oregon is on the west coast and that the weather is not outrageously hot up there. Plus, the land is green the whole year.

"Nebraska is recruiting me pretty good. I like them but I can't make a solid opinion because I haven't visited and I don't know when I can," he said.

"My mom likes USC the best because my uncle played football there and some other people in my family have gone to school there. My grades are good enough to get in. They have been trying to get me to come to a one-day camp. They say that I'm a big, athletic guy who they are interested in offering, but when I got enough time to visit schools, I went to Oregon.

"I've never been to Michigan, but I grew up looking at their game as a kid. They haven't said anything about an offer. Their coaches must really prepare for every game because the team is so intense on the field. They act like nothing is going to get past their defense, and it's why they win so much," Weems said.

"I'll probably commit somewhere in January. My mom refuses to let me commit early, so I'm going to wait and see what everyone has to offer me," Weems said. "I was in Cedar Hill, Texas, for a few months, but now I'm living back in California and I'll be going to Taft High School my senior year.

Weems reports a 2.7 core GPA and hasn't taken his SAT/ACT yet.

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