Hemschoot visits Oregon, nears decision

"My visit [to Oregon] went great," Colo. linebacker Joe Hemschoot (HEM-scott) said in a Monday night interview with The Bootleg. "I had a really good time. Everything was real nice. The coaches were real nice and the players were cool. It was a good visit."

"I got to meet all the coaches," Joe Hemschoot said. "I talked with Coach Kelly for awhile and got to look around. The facilities are real nice. The stadium is really nice. Everyone talks about this, but it comes down to the guys around me, the guys on team and the coaches. But it all looks great."

Hemschoot plans on deciding between Stanford, Oregon and Colorado this week, and the visit to Eugene only complicates his thought process.

"It definitely makes my decision harder," he said. "I've just got to consider a lot of things. I have some tough decision-making this week. … I'm gonna try to do it this week, but it's real tough, to be honest."

Hemschoot reports he hung out mainly with sophomore linebacker Michael Clay, and adds that while he and Clay had a great time, the two did manage to avoid what would turn out to be the weekend's biggest event – a party at which two Duck football players allegedly robbed from students.

Now, while Hemschoot is back at home in Lakewood, Colo., the recruiting process has only quickened. He reports that Colorado coaches were scheduled to visit him Monday night, hours after the interview was conducted, and that Stanford recruiting coordinator Lance Anderson was set to visit Tuesday night.

Hemschoot also identified the positives he sees in each of his candidate schools:

"At Colorado, the main thing is staying close to home, he said. "My parents could be at every home game, all my friends and I could play for hometown team. There's a great coach whose reputation really speaks for itself. They're really young, so they're going to have success.

"Stanford's a successful team on the rise. Obviously the degree from there would really help me out. Coach Harbaugh is doing really good things there. I believe he's going to bring in a real good linebackers coach. … I don't know who, but I just know that they're close and will probably announce this week. I probably want to see that first [before I decide on a college.]

"For Oregon, I work with John Bacon, who graduated there last spring. He's a linebacker, coaches linebackers and went to my high school, so he has taken me under his wing in terms of mental and physical preparation. He has a lot to teach me and train me, so he could teach me the D at Oregon and I could be at my best coming in. I like the coaching and it'd be cool to play up there.

Will it be the hometown team, or will it be one of two rising West Coast programs? Stay tuned as Joe Hemschoot makes his decision in the days to come.

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