Aaron On the Rise

The Napa (Calif.) receiver, Austin Aaron, is starting to rack up offers and more could be coming in soon...

Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Aaron (6-5, 205), has a half-dozen offers already.

San Jose State offered on Monday afternoon, his sixth offer and joined offers from Duke, Nevada, Harvard, Yale and Penn.

"Duke was the first offer then Nevada then the Ivy League offers, Harvard, Yale and Penn," said Aaron.

Plenty more schools are talking with Aaron.

"I'm talking on a weekly basis with USC, UCLA, Cal, Washington and Florida," said Aaron.

Aaron camped at Washington last summer and made an impression on the coaches, who are now at USC.

"USC likes me as a pass-catching tight end possibly," said Aaron. "They like my versatility, mainly as a receiver."

Florida and Cal also are spending a lot of time recruiting him.

"Florida wants to see me on their campus and just wants to know that I would be down to go that far," said Aaron. "Cal wants to see me one more time in person too, to see how I've improved. Coach (Rob) Likens is recruiting me at Cal."

Aaron has a lot of family ties with the Bears.

"My dad and grandpa went to Cal," said Aaron. "My dad played baseball there. I grew up loving Cal and watching every one of their games. If Cal offered, it would be hard to turn down."

But even if they offered early, Aaron wouldn't necessarily jump on it.

"I kind of want to draw out this process as long as possible," said Aaron.

Aaron is attracted to the two Los Angeles schools.

"I have a lot of interest in both USC and UCLA," said Aaron. "I absolutely love everything about L.A. I'm definitely a West Coast guy. I want to do both the USC and the UCLA camp. Coach (Clay) Helton is recruiting me at USC and I impressed the other coaches at their camp. Coach (Angus) McClure is recruiting me to UCLA and wants me to come to their camp."

Aaron also plans to camp at Oregon and Cal in the summer.

He won't rule out the Ivy League either as a potential destination.

"I am seriously considering the Ivy League offers," said Aaron. "My parents are telling me how hard it is to get in to an Ivy League school. I really respect Larry Allen (from De La Salle, who turned down Pac-12 offers to play at Harvard), for doing that. Football is big but a Harvard offer takes you further."

With all of his attention coming on offense, Aaron said he's open to either receiver or tight end.

"I just want to play and get on the field so I'm open to playing either spot," said Aaron. "I'll play defense in 7on7 and play safety, but offense is what I'll play in college."

Aaron will play with Bay Area Elite on the 7on7 circuit and plans to play at both the Passing Down 7on7 and the Pylon Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas. He'll also attend the Oakland NFTC.

Academically, Aaron has a 3.8 and will take the SAT in March.

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