Plattenburg Could Be Close to Decision

Houston (Texas) Lamar defensive back John Plattenburg, formerly of Corona (Calif.) Centennial, was back in SoCal on Friday and took an unofficial visit to UCLA...

John Plattenburg played his freshman season at Lamar, then moved out West and helped Centennial win a CIF Championship last year. He's now back at Lamar and is making a smooth adjustment.

"I like it here a lot," Plattenburg said. "I know most of the guys on the team already and I know the coaches so that has made it easy for me. We have a great team and have a great chance to win a state title this year.

"The weather has definitely been an adjustment. It's hot and humid, you take a shower and then need another one the second you get out but it's all good, I'm adjusting well to everything. We start camp next Monday and I'm looking forward to strapping it on again."

Plattenburg took an unofficial visit to UCLA back in May but returned on Friday to get another look.

"We actually didn't even tell them we were coming," Plattenburg said. "It was my mom and I and we just wanted to show up and kind of surprise them. The first time I visited, we did all the tours and walked around the campus but this time was different, it was a much better visit for me.

"It was more casual and cool to just hang out there with the coaches. My mom talked with a lot of the academic people and they made a very impressive presentation for us. That UCLA degree is huge and carries a lot of weight. Obviously I want to play football as long as I can but I know that's not possible.

"A UCLA degree and the alumni support they have is big, especially if you want to live in Southern CA after you're done playing football. Overall the trip definitely opened my eyes quite a bit and I'm going to give UCLA a strong look for sure."

Plattenburg said along with the Bruins, there are five other schools he's seriously looking at.

"I also like Washington, Oregon, California, Tennessee and Vanderbilt," Plattenburg said. "I camped with Washington and have a great relationship with Coach Heyward and the rest of the staff. They're coming at me hard and have been very aggressive throughout this process.

"Oregon speaks for itself, that's a great program with great facilities and a great staff. Cal has incredible academics and I had a great time when I visited there before the NIKE Camp last May. I was actually hoping to have time to visit Cal this weekend and then keep going north and visit Oregon and Washington again but I didn't plan it right and just don't have the time.

"Tennessee is a school I've always been intrigued with and I don't know what it is, but there is just something about Vandy that has me really interested. I definitely plan to take official visits to both schools. I'm going to make an early commitment but I still plan to do all five of my official visits so I'm going to play the process out a little more."

Plattenburg seemed on the verge of committing to Washington a couple of different times following the Huskies Rising Stars Camp.

"I was close a couple of times but just didn't feel like I was ready," Plattenburg said. "I'm definitely high on Washington, that's a great school and I have a great comfort level there with everyone. Coach Heyward is a great DB coach and I think the UW program is definitely going in the right direction.

"I have a lot of great choices though and I'm actually glad I took some more time to think everything over. I'm still not there yet but there is a good chance I'll be committing very soon here. When I say soon I mean this coming week soon, probably by Wednesday or Thursday.

"I'm still trying to sort things out in my head and still need to talk to my mom more. She's the smart one in this and really understands the whole process better than I do. I'm looking mostly at football but she's looking at the total package and especially the academic side so we're going to talk some more and then I think I'll be ready to do something in a few days here."

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
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