Elisara Talks Favorites

There is a big buzz in the Pacific Northwest for Stanford recruiting this year, and a significant part of that is due to <b>Cameron Elisara</b>. The 6'3" defensive lineman from Spokane (Wash.) recently received an offer from Stanford, but he has been said to be a heavy lean to the two in-state schools. In that light, what Elisara told Scout.com about his favorites is a little surprising...

Spokane (Wash.) defensive tackle/defensive end Cameron Elisara (6-3, 275, 4.9) says Stanford leads slightly over Oregon, Arizona State and Washington. The Huskies have yet to offer.

"Right now I've got to say that Stanford's got the edge on the other schools I've got down as my favorites," says Elisara, from Joel E. Ferris High School.

"I actually spoke with [defensive line] Coach [Dave] Tipton last night on the phone and I really liked the things that he had to offer me. They're actually looking forward to me playing left defensive end, and that's actually the position that I play right now in high school.

"That's a real exciting thing for me because if I get to play at the end position I won't really have to change my body style around," he says. "I won't have to gain much weight like I would if I were to play inside. I actually favor playing the outside, and other programs like Oregon and Washington want me at inside.

"Other than the academics at Stanford, I really like the environment down there. The campus and its surroundings is a huge thing for me.

"Oregon is my #2 school. They were the first school to offer me. That makes a bit of a difference in how I'll make my decision because it shows that they were always interested in me. I've never had a dry spell of not hearing from them.

"I've been to a couple of their camps before this past spring and the coaches told me that I'm one of their favorite players, and that I'm high on their list. I want to respond to them that same way they've responded to me. I like their style of play and the entire coaching staff there. Overall, it's a neat, well-rounded program.

"Arizona State produces a lot of good defensive lineman. I've seen some of their games on TV against other Pac-10 schools, and they're a team that wins consistently. They're always a top 25 program and they're a real competitive school. I can really see myself fitting in there, but I've got to look into the program a little more.

"I don't mean to come down so hard on Washington by putting them low on my list of favorites, but they haven't offered me yet. That's why they're down so far… I think I really need to have the offer from them to really consider going there.

"The coaches have been hinting towards offering me… I mean, they've seen my film," says Elisara. "I think they're waiting to see how well I do at some of these combines that are coming up. [Defensive line] Coach [Randy] Hart is a real nice guy and he seems really interested in me. I think if I went there, I'd have a real opportunity at some early playing time.

"I've already been to the campus at UW a few times. They're close to home and it's a prestigious program. Coach [Tyrone] Willingham is the man who's going to bring it back to what it once was.

Elisara has attended Junior Days at Oregon and Washington and is still unsure if he'll make the one at Washington State. He also plans to get in a Junior Day at Stanford in May.

This summer Elisara says he wants to take in camps at Washington, Oregon and possibly Stanford, Arizona State and a probably few other California schools.

"I really want to make my decision on committing to a program before the end of the summer… before school starts really. That's what I've been telling the coaches. I figure to get in three to four visits by the end of the summer and make the best decision I can."

Elisara broke his left ankle in the fifth game of last season, missing the rest of the year. But in four and a half games he tallied 10 sacks. Ferris High School finished 7-3.

"I'm an aggressive player, but I'm smart about it. I don't just go out there and play crazy you know. I really know what I'm doing when I take the field. I'm really good at out-thinking other players and I get off the ball real quick. College coaches tell me I've got great quickness."

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