Oakland NFTC: Biggins' Notebook

We look at some of the recruiting news and notes from the NorCal Nike Camp in Oakland on Sunday, including some UCLA tidbits...

Shultz keeping it open

Although many feel Bingham (Utah) tight Dalton Schultz is a big Stanford lean, the athlete said he's still open to all schools and doesn't plan to commit anywhere until he takes all five of his official visits.

"I'm going to take an unofficial visit to Stanford Monday," Schultz said. "I'm also going to Washington on Wednesday and Oregon State on Thursday. I've been to Stanford before but I've never been to the two NW schools so I'm looking forward to that.

"I definitely plan to take all my official visits and I might wait until Signing Day before I make my decision. I don't have any dates in mind yet and I'm not even sure what schools I'll officially visit but I know I'll visit Stanford. If I like it at Washington, I could go back there and do an official as well. I love the Washington coaches and talk to them a lot so I'm open to everyone right now."

Calhoun working on announcement date

There was a time when El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun talked about making an early decision, possibly sometime in the summer. Those plans have been scrapped and the athlete said he would love to announce at the Army All-American game if he's chosen to play in it.

"That's my best case scenario," Calhoun said. "If I'm not chosen to play in the Army game, I'll announce during my bye week during the season, which is either week five or seven in the fall.

"I want to take all five visits and two I know for sure will be Arizona State and Miami. I've already been to California, USC and UCLA several times so I don't think I'll need to an official visit to any of them."

Big day for Plattenburg

The DB group was the most loaded in the camp but Corona (Calif.) Centennial corner John Plattenburg was the star of stars. Plattenburg earned DB MVP honors and an invite to The Opening could happen sooner than later.

Plattenburg visited Cal on Saturday and had a great trip.

"My came with me too and that's her No. 1," Plattenburg said. "She's new the process and so am I and I'm not ready to make a decision. I want to go more in depth with all the schools and get to know the coaches and the academics of all the schools.

"Along with Cal, I also like Washington, Oregon State and UCLA. UCLA hasn't offered but I'm talking with them and I also just got my first offers from the SEC with Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and I want to check them out as well."

Biggins Update: UCLA assistant coach Demetrice Martin will visit Corona (Calif.) Centennial DB John Plattenburg today (Monday). For me, Plattenburg was the best player in the camp yesterday in Oakland, not best prospect, that Adoree kid can play a little but Plattenburg was lights out and I really like his upside quite a bit. The only question about Plattenburg is his size but he looked about 5-10.5, 180 pounds with a solid frame, long arms and the kind of frame that projects well, he's not done growing. I think as long as he passes the eye test, there's a good chance he'll get an offer and UCLA will be very high on his list although Cal is doing well with him right now too.

Decision coming for Watson?

Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Tre Watson took an unofficial visit to California on Saturday and it sounds like the Bears are in a very good spot. In fact, the athlete said a decision could come sooner than later.

"I have nine offers right now but Cal is my top school," Watson said. "I visited Cal and loved it. It's beautiful there and I can definitely see myself see there. In fact, you guys can probably expect some big news from me pretty soon here.

"I'm definitely thinking of taking that Cal offer. I want to make an early decision so I can focus on school and my senior year. Cal stepped up and offered me and is showing me a lot love. I'm a priority to them and that means a lot to me."

Golden Ticket for Carta-Samuels

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels beat out a strong field to not only win QB MVP honors but pick up an invite for both the Elite 11 and The Opening on the NIKE Campus in Oregon.

"I'm so excited and relieved," Carta-Samuels said. "I actually thought I threw better on Friday to be honest but I'm just honored to get the invite. It means a lot to me and I can't wait to get out there and compete with the best quarterbacks in the nation."

Smith/Mama check out Cal

Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Juju Smith and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco OL Damien Mama came up to the NIKE Camp but neither worked out. Smith had a tight hamstring and couldn't work out and Mama had already earned an invite to The Opening after an MVP showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp.

The two helped out with registration in the morning and then took a road trip to Cal.

"It was my first visit to Cal and I liked it a lot," Smith said. "We got a tour of the campus and I saw the whole school. I talked with the coaches and I'm going to try and make it back for the Ohio State game. It's a good school and I definitely have some interest in Cal right now."

Gerhart staying patient

Norco (Calif.) quarterback Coltin Gerhart is a strong armed dual threat quarterback with a ton of ability. He has a host of scholarship offers right now but is taking recruiting slow and isn't in any hurry to narrow down his list.

"Right now, I have offers from Arizona State, Duke, Iowa State, Nevada and New Mexico," Gerhart said. "There are a couple of others coming out to watch me and I'm also being recruited by Stanford for baseball and I may double sport in college but that will depend on what school I choose.

"I don't have a plan yet in terms of summer visits or even when I plan to commit. I'm going to visit my brother (Toby Gerhart) in Minnesota in the summer but I need to sit down with my parents and figure out a plan. I want to find a place that matches me and where I'll be comfortable, especially with the players on the team."

Town set for busy summer

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 2015 quarterback Ricky Town has offers from Arizona State, Miami and UCLA and plans to check out several programs over the summer.

"In the beginning of June, I'm going to Alabama for their camp," Town said. "I'm also going to camp with Georgia, Stanford, USC and UCLA. UCLA is recruiting me the hardest right now and I'm trying to see as many colleges as I can before I make my decision.

"Once I'm comfortable with a college, I could make a commitment. That could happen at any time to be honest. I'm not going to rush it but once I think it's right, I'll go ahead and do it."

Apsay is an emerging talent

Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon quarterback Cade Apsay can throw with anyone and had a busy weekend. He took part in the Elite 11 Friday in San Francisco, drove back home for a 7 on 7 his school hosted Saturday and then came back up to Oakland Sunday for the NIKE Camp.

Apsay has already visited Arizona and Colorado and had good things to say about both schools.

"Arizona was a great visit and coach Rod (Rich Rodriguez) is probably one of the more chill guys I've ever met," Apsay said. "I really liked the campus and the rest of the staff, Coach Dews and Coach Smith. Arizona has offered me but they didn't pressure me to commit or anything, they know I want to go through the process.

"Colorado was great too, a lot different than Arizona in terms of the campus and overall atmosphere. The coaches want to visit me and watch me throw before they offer

Apsay will camp with UCLA and said he would also like to camp with Oregon State and Washington over the summer as well but it's not set in stone yet.

Pickett will take his time

El Cerrito (Calif.) defensive back Adarius Pickett drew a lot of raves from the NIKE DB coaches who loved his versatility and feel he could end up at corner or safety at the next level.

"Right now, I'm definitely planning to go through the recruiting process. I have a busy summer and might only have time to take a visit to UCLA and I'm not even sure about that right now. I'm still in baseball and have some big events coming up including The Opening.

"I want to take some visits but I'm not sure where yet. The schools recruiting me the hardest are UCLA, Arizona State, USC, Purdue, Stanford, Nebraska and Northwestern. New schools are coming in as well so I'm going to wait it out and plan everything once I'm comfortable with what schools I like most."

Tezino is an elite 2015 prospect

Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian Kyahva Tezino is yet another member of the loaded West Coast 2015 class. Tezino was one of the top linebackers in the camp and picked up two new offers last week.

"Last Friday, I got an offer from Cal and UCLA came earlier in the week," Tezino said. "I also have Houston, Miami, Arizona and a few more but I can't remember them all. I'm blessed for sure being just a sophomore and having all this early attention.

"I visited Cal Saturday and that was great. The coaches were great, the campus was nice and it was a really fun experience. I would like to narrow things down after my junior year, I have a lot of time. My dream is to get to the NFL so I want to find a school that can help get me there. I'm going to camp with USC, UCLA and Washington this summer and I'm looking forward to all of those."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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