Check out video of Plattenburg at Corona (Calif.) Centennial's coaches showcase.
2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg only played in the Huskies' secondary for six games during the 2012 season. Those six games were enough to earn him scholarship offers from Boise State, Nevada, Colorado State, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Utah, and California.
The former running back says the transition from offense to defense has been a smooth one and he's actually surprised himself with how well it's gone.
"Really since I started playing defense in the playoffs I thought I was going to have to realy hone my skills really this spring," he explained. "I wasn't expecting any [offers] really until my senior year but a lot of people saw my film and said I did a pretty good job. I can only really go up from here but it's been fun."
The multi-sport athlete put his defensive skills were on full display during Centennial's recent coaches showcase, which was held directly following track practice. "I think I did pretty good," Plattenburg said after the showcase. "Of course there is always room to improve. I did what I could with the legs I had."
"That's an everyday thing," Plattenburg said of the competition. "We talk [trash] in the weight room, but we help each other get better. We can give each other feedback. We are best friends on the field and help each other with our skills."
Plattenburg says no single program is standing out among his nine offers. "I'm just trying to get a relationship with everyone I have," he said.
A methodical recruit, his plan was to participate in the Centennial's showcase, see what interest would come his way, and then start to make a few lists. "I am going to start giving my pros and cons," he said. "Then taking my few little unofficials and take officials in the fall and that's really how I'm going to approach it."
The 5-foot-11, 187-pound corner already knows a few important bullet points on the lists he's yet to make. "I'd like to play early," he explained. "I know I'm going to have to compete, but a place where I can compete and get a great education." His current GPA is a 3.5 and he wants to major in pre-law.
A California transplant (he moved just two years ago to Corona), the Houston (Tex.) native would also like to pick up interest from his home state. "Going home would be big. [I'd like to hear from] TCU, Baylor, of course Texas, really any Texas school cause I really enjoy going home," he continued.