Scarlett Wants to Visit

The Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back, Cameron Scarlett, wants to visit UCLA...

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett (6-1, 208), is the top prospect in Oregon in the 2015 class and is coming off a memorable junior season.

Scarlett was part of a talented backfield with Oregon State signee Ryan Nall, helping lead the Rams to their first state championship since 1953.

"It had been 60 years since we won a state championship," said Scarlett. "It was definitely the year we were looking at and that was our plan coming into the season. We knew we could do it. And hopefully, that's just the first one and we're starting to roll right now."

The big junior year, which earned him all-state honors, netted him seven offers, five from the Pac-12, and more offers could be making their way to him.

"I have seven offers right now," said Scarlett. "UC Davis was my first and I was excited when that one came. Then I got offers from Oregon State, Washington State, BYU, Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon."

Interestingly enough, Scarlett's older brother, Brennan, plays at California, but the Bears haven't paid him much attention.

"I haven't really heard from Cal," said Scarlett. "They said to my brother that they were still recruiting me but I haven't really heard from them."

Instead, it's the Bears rivals in the Bay who've been spending a lot of time on Scarlett.

"When Stanford offered, that was definitely big because their offense revolves around the running back. And the school is such a good institution so that really brings my eyes to them," said Scarlett.

Further South in the Golden State, Scarlett has interest in both of the Los Angeles schools.

"Both the Southern California schools, UCLA and USC, I've always liked them," said Scarlett. "My brother was recruited by them and I always liked both UCLA and USC. I'd like to get down to Los Angeles and visit both of them and check out the schools. Both like to run the ball too."

Scarlett also likes a couple of other Pac-12 schools that have yet to offer but continue to recruit him.

"Washington, I've always been a big fan of them and Arizona too," said Scarlett. "I'm really just looking at all of them."

In the last two years, Scarlett has seen teammates sign with BYU (Dallin Leavitt), Arizona State (Connor Humphreys) and Oregon State (Nall).

"Both Connor and Ryan are recruiting me harder and leading me to their schools more than my own brother does," said Scarlett. "Connor said I need to come visit him and Ryan says the same. Dallin doesn't really push BYU, he treats it like my brother does, just saying go where I want. But he tried. When BYU offered, he was real fired up."

Scarlett's father ran track at BYU, so there are family ties there.

He also knows he can get some advice from his brother on the recruiting process.

"He's supporting me and not trying to lead me," said Scarlett. "He's just telling me the benefits of Cal and how they want to run the ball (more)."

Aside from potential visits to UCLA and USC, Scarlett said he's definitely visiting Stanford for their Junior Day and likely will visit Oregon and Oregon State too. He also plans to camp at Oregon as well as the Oregon NFTC.

Scarlett isn't in a rush to make a decision.

"I don't really know right now when I'll decide but I'm not thinking about committing early," said Scarlett. "If something comes to me, then I could decide, but I don't think I will."

With the two in-state schools having offered, Scarlett admits there is some pressure to stay in-state, but he's not letting that affect him.

"There are pressures from my friends and kids around my school because those are the schools they grew up looking at," said Scarlett. "But there isn't any pressure from within my family."

Academically, Scarlett has a 3.7 GPA and is taking AP and honors classes at Central Catholic. He'll take the SAT and the ACT this spring.


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