With 4.49 speed and prototypical size for a linebacker, Pleasant has been receiving big time recruiting attention from colleges across the country, and as he explained, his phone has been ringing non-stop lately, "I got like three calls within five minutes tonight.
Pleasant, who had 88 tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions as a junior, attributes most of his early season success to a busy off-season, "Basically I did more weightlifting this past summer and I worked on my speed a lot. I'm getting to the ball a lot quicker than I was last year. Also, last year our defense was much better. We had a really good defense, so that's another reason why I didn't make as many tackles."
Although he has over a dozen offers, including one from USC, Pleasant has no favorites at this time and he couldn't even name a top 10 when asked, "I'm not really sure yet," he said. "I haven't narrowed anything down. I'm really open. I'm just trying to watch how the season goes right now." He did reveal some of the schools he's seriously considering however, when the topic of official visits came up. He has yet to schedule any, but he does know of three he would like to take for sure, "I'm going to visit USC," he said. "Also,
In talking about USC, Pleasant had positive things to say, especially in regards to Coach Pete Carroll, "They always have good defense and good linebackers, and I like Coach Carroll. I feel that he's turned the program around because they've had some big wins this season already. I think they'll be even better next year. I've watched just about all of their games. I like their defense a lot. I like the way they play their linebackers, so they make a lot of plays."
While many prospects often get tired of the constant calls and the grind that comes with the recruiting process, Pleasant plans on taking all of his official visits and is in no hurry to make a decision, "I'm kind of enjoying it," he said. "It's not going to last for too long, so I'm enjoying it."
Pleasant has a big test in front of him this Friday night as he and his