Plattenburg's Top Ten

The Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback, John Plattenburg, breaks down his top ten, which includes UCLA...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg (6-0, 184), has blossomed as much as any prospect in the West during the evaluation period.

With just a trio of offers when April came around, Plattenburg saw his offer sheet grow to over 20, with offers coming from around the country.

Wrapped around that was a stellar showing at the Oakland NFTC, where he was the DB MVP and earned an invitation to The Opening and a move into the Scout 300 on the heels of that performance and several other good ones on the 7on7 circuit.

With over 20 offers to choose from, Plattenburg shrunk his list down to a top ten over the weekend.

"As of now, this is my current top ten, in no order," said Plattenburg. "Wisconsin, Boise State, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, California, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Baylor."

Plattenburg broke down his ten finalists.

Wisconsin: "The academics are really high. They're in a running conference but the way I talk to the defensive coach, they were telling me about the schemes, most teams in the Big 10 run zone, because it's a running conference, but they're trying to work in a man type scheme and trying to do a little something different."

Boise State: "I love Boise State. I have a real good relationship with Coach (Keith) Bhonapha, Coach (Jimmie) Lake and Coach (Chris) Petersen. They were in on me early. I really enjoy those guys. Their pass defense is ranked really high, probably in the top ten, maybe top five and they've had a couple of DBs out in the draft, Jamar Taylor and Kyle Wilson. They know what they're doing and they teach people they know what they're doing. They're recruiting me as an athlete."

Washington: "It's kind of the same thing as Boise. I have a good relationship with Coach (Keith) Heyward, Coach (Peter) Sirmon and Coach (Steve) Sarkisian. Overall, they've made their mark with me. I'm going up there for their camp the 27th-30th before The Opening so I'll see what they're trying to build. There is also the potential to play early as Coach Heyward explained it to me."

Oregon: "I was a little shaky at first with Oregon, because I had only really talked with Coach (John) Neal. I called him a few times and he didn't answer, but then I finally talked to him. They didn't offer early, but I didn't put them to the side because they're so prestigious a program. I do kind of want to see what their head coach is going to do, but to me that's a winning program no matter what. They've talked to me about offense too. They have a good tradition up there. And of course Cameron Hunt (his Centennial teammate who signed with Oregon in February), is texting me and I'm getting inside info from him."

Oregon State: "I'm very close with Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers, I almost call them family and they tell me great things about Oregon State. Coach (Mike) Riley has done some great things there. I've talked to Coach (Rod) Perry, he came from the NFL, and he knows what he's going to do. I've asked him a few DB questions, and the way he talks, it's the way I want to be taught. He's always telling me what you have to do to be a great player. That's a great positive. They also have good academics."

California: "I love Cal. I'm not even going to lie, I love Cal. Off the bat, it's the number one public school in the nation. I have a real good relationship with Coach (Andy) Buh, Coach (Sonny) Dykes and Coach (Pierra) Ingram. I love Berkeley. Graduating from there, you'll have good resources as an alum. I saw what Coach Dykes did at Louisiana Tech. I have good feelings about what he'll do at Cal. Like with Oregon, I do want to see what he does. But I went to the spring game and it was nice. So I want to see if they can better their record. And Garrett (Hughes) and Tre (Watson), even Darren Ervin (who went to the same high school that Plattenburg was at before he moved to California), all tell me about Cal."

UCLA: "UCLA has a great campus. When I went on the visit, it was just amazing, especially being my first time being there. I like UCLA because its close and you can be where you want to be real quick. Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) is a great coach and Coach (Jim) Mora is a real nice guy, Coach (Steve) Broussard too. UCLA and Cal are head to head in academics. UCLA has the better record, and going to the Pac-12 championship with Stanford, they're already on the right direction. Coach Meat and I talked about depth chart and he said he needs more guys that can rotate, and I have the ability to do that. And then you have Barry Ware (another Centennial teammate) working on me for UCLA."

Vanderbilt: "It's the SEC and great academics. I was kind of surprised, they had the #14 passing defense last year. Coach (Bob) Shoop said they want not just fast and short or tall and slow, but the lanky guys who are fast and quick. Vanderbilt's great academics are on another level. And I would say the SEC is the best conference overall and would be great at getting me ready for the next level. Coach (James) Franklin had a 9-4 season, and that's playing Alabama and other schools and he said they're still building something. If you're going 9-4 when you build something, you have something nice on your hands."

Arizona State: "A bunch of Centennial players went to ASU so I knew there had to be a lot of good about it. I like what they're talking about. The physicality that Coach (Todd) Graham preaches. I love it and they run a lot of man. When I do get the chance to talk to coaches, they don't keep you on the phone long, they tell you what you want to know right up front. They're really smart coaches."

Baylor: "Waco. There is not a lot to do in Waco, but you're not going to get in a lot of trouble. Their medical center is in my hometown. The academics are great. Saw what their secondary did against Washington not too long ago, and so I know they needed some help. One of my good friends is committed there, Ira Lewis. I know they have a lot of things that they need on defense and they need people to be a part of it. There is good potential to play in the Big 12 and playing early. That's a great thing on itself. And Texas is home."

Plattenburg played at Houston (Texas) Lamar before he moved to California a couple of years ago, and he's been back in the Lone Star State this month and had a chance to stop by the Baylor camp last week as well as Texas A&M.

His only remaining college camp is at Washington, but there is still a chance he may visit a couple more schools for camps.

"I might go up to Oregon's camp because Coach (Matt) Lubick wanted me to work out on offense," said Plattenburg. "And I might come back to Texas and work at Baylor's camp. I go back to California on Thursday and then from Washington, I'll go to The Opening."

Plattenburg said he narrowed his top ten down with the intent on trimming it even more very soon.

"I'm going to try my best to get down to a top five in the next couple weekends. I'm going to see how that goes. Now that it's really down to ten, the smaller it gets, the hardest it gets," said Plattenburg. "The only schools that I know for sure will be in my top five are Cal and UCLA. We'll see who fills it out."

Plattenburg also said it wouldn't be a surprise if he decided before summer ends.

"I really do want to decide before the season," said Plattenburg. "I want to have it out of the way for my senior year. Every day I'm thinking about it. I'm going to try my best to decide before the season. It might be earlier in the summer, or it might be later in August. There is even a chance I'll decide by The Opening."

Academically, he has a 3.2 and achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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