Danny Oquendo's May Recruiting Journal
For this week's installment, Danny Oquendo (WR/DB,6'3"- 180lbs, 4.46 forty) will discuss some of his experiences over the past few months. This should continue until National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
For those who are unfamiliar with Danny Oquendo, he is a standout WR/DB from Hackensack H.S. in Hackensack, New Jersey. He has the ability to play either CB, S, or WR in college. At 6'1"-180lbs with 4.5 forty and only 16 years old, he has the potential to be an outstanding skill player in college. As a junior, Oquendo has over 500 yards receiving on 32 receptions. This was on a team that is a predominant running team. Since the opposition know that he was a big play threat, many of these receptions were made while being double covered.
Oquendo is also the nephew of former standout Rutgers WR Walter King.
Danny Oquendo's June Recruiting Journa
Since April, Ive had about three new offers. So The offers I have now are from, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, UConn, Indiana, and Wisconsin pretty soon. The recruiting process is still very fun. Sometimes reading all the mail can be tedious, but I manage. Its good to know though that I will eventually be going to college for free, so I dont mind the letters or calls or visits. Seeing a lot of coaches makes me feel good as well though, because it gives me a feel for what schools are really interested in me. Mostly every coach pitches the same things though. They talk about their academics, how their school is the right fit for me, their football program, and many other good things about their school. Im just trying to figure out which ones are telling the truth about their college, and what enviorment fits my personality the best.
I plan on narrowing down my list during the summer, im using the same criteria Ive used all along:
-On or near an urban setting
-Good Coaching Staff
-A great Wr/Db coach
-Big Fan Base
-Good Media Exposure
So far, I have decided that I will probably want to go to school on the East Coast or West Coast. No west coast school has shown me interest though, but there are also a few mid-west schools that I plan on visiting that might be good for me. Until I get offered by them though, I cant really show a lot of interest back because what am I going to do there with no scholarship?
Rutgers is still in the same boat its been all along. Its in my top 3, Great coaching staff. Im familiar with most of their coaches, the area is nice and close to home, and they have great fans. I feel most comfortable with the coaches from Maryland, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech. Maryland has shown lots of interest in me, and I have actually met and talked to who would be my position coach if I went to Maryland. The Rutgers coaches Ive seen a lot, so I know them best, and Virgina Tech's coaches ive talked to a few times.
My top ten in no particular order is
Indiana, UConn, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Michigan,and Virginia
I doubt I will committ early, the earliest would be during my season, but depending on where I go and what the starting situation is, im unsure if I will redshirt my first year.
I plan on taking visits to Maryland, Rutgers, PIttsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech, Iowa, and Michigan this summer, maybe more.
Donald "Big Dog"
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