Bellevue's Van Ackeren Could Be Green

An instinctual player with a nose for the football, Bellevue (WA) safety Kendrick Van Ackeren is one of the top college prospects coming out of the Evergreen State in 2011. With high interest in Oregon, Van Ackeren eyes his senior season as he patiently waits for an Oregon offer.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"I don't currently have one."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started?

"Well I talk to their defensive backs coach (John Neal) every once in awhile and I went down to their Junior Day awhile ago...like in March I think...and then since then, I've been talking to them every couple of weeks and checking in with them. Then I went down to the camp and I think I did well there. I talked to them a little bit after I went to the camp, but since then, it's been more them getting in touch with my coach and I'm just kind of hearing what they've been telling my coach."

What kinds of thing have they been telling your coach?

"From what I've heard, they said they've got a list of about six guys and I'm on that list. They said that I'm higher up on that list, so I'm probably like top three I guess. They don't know how many spots they have -- they think they have two I think, that's what they said -- so what they told me and what they told my coach was that since they have so little spots, they want to wait until the first couple of games of our season and they want me to send them tape of the first couple of games and then I think they're going to make the decision off of that."

Has Coach Neal been the only coach from Oregon that you've been in contact with?

"I've talked to him and I've talked to Coach (Steve) Greatwood a little bit too."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"I'd say it's probably the highest. If I had to pick between schools and I had an offer from Oregon, I'd most likely go to Oregon."

What is it about Oregon that has you so interested in them?

"It's kind of a mix between the school and the team and what it has around it. From a team aspect, I really like their coaches. When I went to their Junior Day, I met some of their players and I really like the overall atmosphere of the players and the player/coach relationship during practice. And everything they showed us too. I love all the facilities there and the training room was amazing, so it's good to know I'll be taken care of if I get hurt. On the school side of it, my interest after college if I don't have the ability to play football is going to have something to do with sports. What they told us when we were there is that they have one of the top sports marketing programs in the nation and that really pulled me in because that's what I want to do. I want to do something with sports, but also something with business, and so from a school aspect, it has what I want to do after school which just ramps it up even more."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I guess I'd say my instincts and my ability to play the ball is good."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I wouldn't really say that there's a guy I try to model myself after. I really just kind of play the way I play. I don't really think of it as trying to play like somebody else."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Definitely the relationship between the coaches and players, the school aspect is something that's really important to me. I want to go somewhere where I'll be comfortable with the school environment and the learning environment. A place that has good training stuff so that I can take care of my body so I have a better chance to succeed and be strong and be better."

What are some of the other offers that you have right now?

"Right now I just have Portland State, I believe. I had an offer from Washington State, but they only had two spots -- which they never told me -- and then two other people committed."

Who are some of the other schools that you've been hearing a lot from?

"Boise State is one, UCLA...those are probably my top three (along with Oregon). I guess Washington, but I haven't really been talking to them lately. That's all I can really think of right now."

Which unofficial visits have you taken and which unofficial visits do you plan on taking?

"I went to Oregon's Junior Day, I went to Washington State's Junior Day, and I've gone to the Boise State camp, the UCLA camp, and the Oregon camp...me and one of my teammates, Marcus Henry, we went and looked at Oregon State. We didn't tour it or anything, but we went over there and just kind of checked it out on our own."

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