This past weekend Lamar, along with 63 other schools from class 4A and 5A made their way to Leander to participate in the Adidas Texas State 7on7 Championships. While Lamar is loaded with playmakers, especially on defense, it didn't take long to notice one glaring addition to the talented squad; John Plattenburg.
Plattenburg, a FOX Sports NEXT four-star and nation's No. 18 cornerback prospect, spent his last two years of high school in Corona, California helping Centennial to championship runs. However, the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder spent his freshman season at Lamar and for Plattenburg, it's like he never left.
"I'm ecstatic, it's like I really never left," Plattenburg said of his return to Lamar. "It's great; everybody has been great to me."
Plattenburg's return to Lamar gives the Redskins a big boost for long another playoff run. He'll line up alongside John Bonney, who himself is a fellow four-star that holds over 30 offers. Plattenburg said he'll do whatever it takes to bring home a ring.
"My team last year went to state but I'm in Texas now and my team is going for the ring," he said. "I need to play well as I need to under any circumstance to get the W."
On the recruiting front, Plattenburg has several offers to choose from. Among the schools pursuing the playmaking corner are Arizona State, Boise State, Baylor, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Washington, Colorado, Utah and TCU. Although he tweeted last month that he had a top twelve list of schools, he says that list is ever-changing.
"It's not a solid top 12, everyday I'm always doing in-depth stuff," he said. "Things may change on Monday. Right now I'm in the process of just looking for a school with a solid major and maybe even after I graduate I want to go for my Master's so I'm looking for the best school for that subject. It's been a great experience. My first time playing corner was the first game in the playoffs. I'm just trying to better myself and I'm really blessed that it's worked out this way. But, I've got to keep working because I know everyone else is also working hard."
While still in California, Plattenburg mentioned that he would like to hear more from schools in Texas. It didn't take long for Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech to offer. When asked about TCU, Plattenburg says he's still considering attending the Frogs' upcoming camp on Friday.
"I'm going to contact Coach Williamson and talk to him, I may head out there," he said of TCU's camp.
If one school in Texas has an advantage, it might be Baylor. Plattenburg regularly talks with the Baylor coaches and visited the Waco campus last month. But, he's still considering all options at the moment, and that includes TCU.
"I talk to Baylor almost every day; Coach Buckles and Coach Briles," Plattenburg said. "They're really great people and I went up there and visited in June and it was way better than I thought. It's a nice school and a great education; everyone knows that Baylor is a household name when it comes to education. They're in the running and I'm also thinking about TCU of course."