Plattenburg Talks UCLA Offer

The DB group was the most loaded by far at the NIKE camp in Oakland and 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...

It wouldn't be accurate to call John Plattenburg a sleeper since he already has close to double digit scholarship offers. Saying that, no one knew just how good he was until his dominant showing on Sunday.

"I think he's a Sunday player," lead NFTC DB coach and former Oregon safety Michael Fletcher said. "I love his frame, he has been well coached, he's instinctive, technically sound and very physical. He plays with a swagger but not cockiness and will be able to cover a slot or an outside receiver in college."

"I felt great out there," Plattenburg said following the camp. "I'm way more confident than I was last season after making the adjustment from offense to defense. My technique is better, I'm better in my hips and just more comfortable playing the position.

"The competition out here was incredible, top of the line with a lot of big names but I'm not going to let that affect me. The key is to just stay down to earth, remember your technique and just have fun and that's what I was doing."

While in town for the NIKE Camp, Plattenburg took a visit to California on Saturday and raved about the trip.

"My mom came with me too, she loved it, that's her No. 1," Plattenburg said. "She's new to the process and so 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.

"Cal was great, though. The campus is beautiful and I loved it. My favorite part was when they took me to the top of the stadium and let me look down on the campus while the sun was going down. You could see Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, it was beautiful. I mean I don't think I've ever seen a sight more beautiful so that was great."

Plattenburg said in addition to the Bears there are several other schools on his list.

"Of course Cal but I really like Washington too," Plattenburg said. "Oregon State is up there and I just got my first two SEC offers from Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and I definitely want to check them out as well.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin at UCLA just came to my school this morning (Monday) and offered me and that was big too. I've always had UCLA high on my list even without the offer so it was good to get that one. I've actually never been up there for a visit so I'm going to try and get up there next weekend if I can."

As for a timeline in making a decision, Plattenburg said if he's selected for The Opening, he'll commit at that time. If not, he'll take his time and go through the recruiting process.

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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