Beverly Hills (CA) High School isn't known for producing a lot of Division 1 football talent, but after sending defensive end Greg Townsend to USC in 2011, they have another elite player in their 2012 class in athlete Cameron Countryman who's interest has picked up recently, including an offer from Utah.
"My recruitment is going real good. It's a little stressful at times. I'm always hearing different things from different people, but it's an exciting time and I'm real grateful for it."
The versatile playmaker plays both receiver and cornerback at Beverly Hills, and is receiving interest at both positions.
"Most schools are looking at me as a receiver. When Utah offered me, they said they were looking at me as a corner. I have no preference as to which one I play. I love both positions."
With offers on the table from Pac 12 schools Colorado and Arizona State, as well as a few others including Harvard, Countryman was surprised when Utah came calling.
"I wasn't expecting it. Usually when a team offers me, I hear a little bit from them before. The coach (Kalani Sitake) came to my school, then I talked to him that night and he offered me, so I was really surprise, but was also really excited. They were a powerhouse when they were in the Mountain West and I'm just glad that they offered me because of who they are."
Sitake ended up making a prettty serious impression on the speedster, which will go a long ways towards securing his services.
"He was a real nice guy. He was actually the first coach who ever asked to speak to my parents as well. He seemed real genuine and real sincere and the kind of guy I'd like to have a relationship with."
Countryman has a busy summer planned with visits all over the country, including a possible stop in Salt Lake City.
"I'm probably going to take an official visit to Utah, but maybe even before my official visit, I'm going to take an unofficial visit. I'm going to take a visit out to the East coast to see some Ivy League schoolsIt depends on where I'm going this summer. Maybe after my trip to Colorado I'll visit Utah."
With Ivy League schools showing interest, Countryman is putting a lot of emphasis on academics as well as the coaching staff and a family atmosphere and is willing to move away from home.
"I'm looking for a good program, a strong program with coaches that care. Not just a coach that is going to recruit you and then not look at you once you get to the school. A coaching staff that has been there for awhile and a group of guys that are really a team on and off the field. Being away from home is not an issue. I want to go where I can benefit the most."
Wanting to take all five of his official visits and make an informed decision, Countryman will be waiting until later into the recruiting season to make his decision.
"I'm going to wait until after football season. My high school teammates mean a lot to me and I want to focus on our team. I'm going to wait until football season is over, relax a bit, put everything on the table, and then make a decision."
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