"Basically I wasn't sure if I'd meet the admissions requirements so I wanted to make sure I had more options," Plantaric said. "Because I had committed, a lot of the other schools really stopped looking at me and weren't serious in considering me because I was committed to Stanford. I just wanted to open everything up and make sure I was making the right choice, because it's a big decision that will impact the rest of my life."
And it seemed that Plantaric had good reason to believe that more colleges would come forward with offers once they found out he was back on the market.
In his standout junior season, Plantaric recorded 141 tackles and forced six fumbles while displaying the versatility to play both inside and outside on the defensive line. He also posts a max bench press of 315, a max squat of 335 and ran a forty-yard dash time of 4.52 at Velocity Sports Performance, timed by Nike Sparq-certified trainers.
But for some reason, many schools have been hesitant to offer Plantaric a scholarship without seeing him in person. While he does report interest from Cal, Washington, Washington State, and Fresno State, Plantaric still only offers from Stanford and Nevada.
"Oh yes, it's very frustrating," Plantaric said. "Most of the coaches I talk to say that they want to see me at their camps over the summer before they offer me. I'd like to get more offers right now so I could start seriously considering those schools, because I can't seriously consider them until they offer me a full scholarship. Until they offer me, I can't seriously attending their school and playing for them."
Still, Plantaric can take solace in the fact that if he were to decide that Stanford is the right fit for him, the Cardinal coaching staff would welcome him back with open arms.
"We talk every week," Plantaric said of the Cardinal coaching staff. "I either call them or I email them. I keep them updated on what's happening with me and what's happening with my recruitment.
"They're still backing me up 100 percent and I really like Stanford's coaching staff. They've been really good to me. We have a good relationship, we keep communication well, and everything is going great."
Part of what makes Plantaric's relationship with the coaching staff so positive is that both sides have approached the situation with honesty. While Plantaric has kept the Cardinal coaches informed of any updates in his recruitment, the coaches are straight forward with Plantaric about what he needs to do to help improve his academic standing.
"I have a 4.0 weighted GPA and I've taken the SAT reasoning test, got a score of a 1660, and am planning to take it again on June 2," Plantaric said. "They've told me that if I want to be in the best position to make admissions, I would need to take two Advanced Placement classes my senior year, a math class, and a science as well."
Plantaric made it clear that if that academic uncertainty resolves itself, Stanford is still among the schools at the top of his list.
"I really like Stanford's coaching staff and the whole atmosphere there," Plantaric said. "The academics are really positive. Everything there is a very good fit, but I'm going to take time and consider all of my other choices as well just to make sure I'm making the best choice."
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