Plattenburg Familiar With TCU

Corona (CA) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg received an offer from TCU on Monday.

Corona (CA) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg is not only one of the top players in California; he's quickly becoming one of the most sought after players in the country.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder dominated the Oakland NFTC a few weeks ago and has picked up several offers in the process. On the table for the talented corner are offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State among others.

"It's pretty good and to see the hard work is paying off," Plattenburg said. "It's a great experience and I just got to keep working hard at it. Hopefully some more will be coming."

Originally from Houston, Texas, Plattenburg told FOX Sports NEXT a few weeks back that he would like to hear from some schools from his home state. It didn't take long for Baylor to come through with an offer. On Memorial Day, he spoke with TCU offensive line coach Eddie Williamson and by the end of the conversation he had an offer from the Horned Frogs.

"On Memorial Day he talked to my head coach, Matt Logan, and said they were interested," he said. "Coach Logan told me to give them a call and we talked for a little bit and he actually came to our showcase a few weeks back. It was a good conversation and then they extended me a scholarship. It was pretty exciting."

The four-star and nation's No. 21 cornerback prospect already has a familiarity with the Frogs after visiting the campus last summer for a mini-camp.

"I went to their camp last year as a sophomore and saw their campus and new stadium," he said. "I really liked what I saw. I know that they're a private school and the academics are tremendous."

Plattenburg made sure to keep tabs on TCU during the 2012 season, especially after visiting the campus. He's being recruited by the Frogs as a corner and safety and says with his defensive prowess, he sees himself fitting in on Gary Patterson's defense.

"I know a lot about the defense, I was real in-tune watching them this year after going to their camp," he said. "I had their schedule on my wall and everything to look at what they were doing this season. I know they had a couple of big injuries overall on the team, but, the defense is a hard-nosed defense and they play fast. You have to do that in the Big 12 because those are some big guys to deal with on the offensive side of the ball. I think I would fit in pretty good and just have to learn the scheme. Everything would be good from there."

Plattenburg will make a visit to Texas for a vacation in June and hopes to make a visit back to TCU possibly then or July. If not, he may use one of his five official visits to make a trip to Ft. Worth.

"I talked to him about it and I told if not this summer, I'd probably consider using an official," he said. "I'm actually going to visit family in Texas in June and I may go back in July to see some schools like Baylor and a few other schools and see what's going on."

With two offers from his home state, Plattenburg says he's already got the question of whether or not he will return to Texas to play his college football. While the thought of playing close to home is intriguing, Plattenburg doesn't give the edge to TCU or Baylor and will treat those two programs just as he does every other one that have offered.

"Well, some people have asked me now that I have some offers from schools in Texas like TCU and Baylor is that a really big thing for me; it's exciting but it's not like a must that I have to go home," he said. "It's still a thinking process even though they're from my home state. I've still got to think about them as I do every other school; that's pretty much how I'm going to play it out."

With that said, proximity won't play a big factor in Plattenburg's decision. He's looking first at academics and a place where he's comfortable for the next four to five years.

"Location really doesn't matter to me," he said. "Being far from home really doesn't matter. It would be good if I were close to home so they can watch me play, but location isn't really a big factor. I'd say my big factors are the academics; I want to study in pre-law and I'd also like to look at physical therapy and financing. I'm also looking for a good atmosphere with the players and coaches and know that I'd be able to stay there four or more years and finish out my career."


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