Hillsboro, Oregon linebacker Kaelin Himphill discusses his recruitment as signing day nears

Oregon linebacker Kaelin Himphill has a visit to Salt Lake City lined up

Sometimes the late offers end up being the best offers, and that could end up being the case with Oregon linebacker Kaelin Himphill, who recently picked one up from Utah.

"Coach Ena recently offered me. It was really cool to get an offer from them and I was really excited. I'm really liking Utah and they're one of my top schools."

Himphill has a final five of Utah, Oregon State, San Diego State, Arizona, and Utah State, and has already made one visit to the area.

"I took an official visit out to Utah State in December and really liked the area. Salt Lake City is a lot like Portland."

The Utes have a unique tie to Himphill and Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon.

"Our school has only ever had one player ever play college football and it's Evan Eggiman, who plays at Utah. When the Utes came here to play Oregon, I went to the game and got to watch. It was really fun to see them up-close."

The 6-2, 210 pounder is a diverse backer, able to play both inside and outside.

"I can play either spot and Utah needs someone to help replace Norris and Paul."

With only two weekends of visits still available, Himphill will use those weekends to check out two Pac 12 South schools.

"I'll be heading to Arizona next weekend and then Utah is my final visit. I'm probably going to decide on signing day with a small party of family and close friends and make my announcement."

Himphill is putting a lot of emphasis on academics when making his decision, but the other factors fit in well with what Utah does best.

"The most important thing to me is academics. The NFL doesn't work out for everyone so I'll need something else to fall back on. I also want a place that has a strong family feel, is successful at getting players to the league, and a school with great coaches."

With academics being priority number 1, Himphill's academic interests are line with some of Utah's specialties.

"I'm leaning towards a career in sports medicine, video production, business, or engineering."

Himphill is coming off of a highly productive year in which he posted around 120 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 3 defensive touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

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