Oregon Four-Star Talks Recruiting

Brennan Scarlett, the 6-4, 245-pound defensive end prlspect from Portland (Oreg.) Central Catholic, might be one of the hottest 2011 recruits on the west coast, with the entire Pac-10 and other national programs already pursuing him...

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Brennan Scarlett is expected to be one of the top state of Oregon prospects who will sign next year from the 2011 class. He already rates four stars and the No. 17 defensive end prospect in the nation, according to Scout.com.

Scarlett is already up to 11 scholarship offers, including six Pac-10 rides. Where he might line up at the next level remains in question.

"There are some schools who are recruiting me as an athlete because I play tight end also. I haven't really decided if I prefer to play defensive end or tight end in college. Most of the colleges are giving me the option," said Scarlett.

Since Scarlett is out of Central Catholic High, the same school that has produced Oregon State's Kevin Frahm and Ryan Gunderson in recent years, so it's thought the Beavers could have an early advantage.

"Oregon State is a good place," said Scarlett. "I've talked a lot with their coaching staff, that was the first football camp I went to when I was a freshman. So I've known their coaching staff for a long time.

"I like their defensive line coach a lot, I like how he teaches his players and his philosophy on what a defensive line should be."

Oregon State, however, may have some work to do if they're going to be the ones who sign Scarlett next February. While the Beavs have made an impression and have long been recruiting him, so have others. And that includes the Beavs' in-state rival.

"I love Oregon, it's a great place. I've been there for a couple games and I love the atmosphere and the intensity," said Scarlett.

Scarlett has taken unofficials to Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, and has camped at USC and Washington. More unofficial trips are likely coming up this spring and summer.

"I'm going to try and do some but I'm not really sure which ones yet," said Scarlett. "Cal-Berkeley emails me a lot and I've met 4-5 coaches from that coaching staff...and I've met a lot of the UCLA coaches."

Scarlett loggged 59 tackles and six sacks this past season before tearing the ACL in his knee during a playoff game last season.

The setback doesn't appear to have slowed his recruiting. The plan is to be back doing full contact by mid-summer.

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