Recruiting picks up for Bafaro

It's been no secret that the Washington coaches have targeted the linebacker position as a need and Liberty (Hillsboro, Or.) LB Brett Bafaro is a Northwest product the Huskies are very much interested in. The talented prospect told recently he plans to take in a day of Washington's camp next month as well as several other camps in the region...

"Things have been pretty steady for me with recruiting," Bafaro told "I have offers from Portland State, Utah and Idaho and Cal's running backs coach (Ron Gould) was by here the other day and he told me he likes me as a fullback and he wants to get me an offer.

"Colorado has told me I'm the number one fullback on their board, so they want to offer me and Washington said an offer could come after camp.

"There were two Oregon coaches by this week (Don Pellum and Steve Greatwood) and both told me they like me a lot and I'm a player that is worth an offer, so I'm getting recruited by a lot of schools."

As a two-way standout for Liberty last fall, Bafaro posted 659 yards on 66 carries and also hauled in 27 receptions for 373 yards and scored a total of 10 touchdowns while posting 78 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and four sacks.

While he was successful on both sides of the ball, he said there is no doubt where he'd prefer to play.

"I'll play wherever a school wants me to play, but if I had my choice it would be defense," Bafaro said. "I love to compete and if you come and try and take my on I'll belt you in the mouth.

"I play middle linebacker for us, but most schools see me outside because of my speed.

"Boise State said I'm more athletic than pretty much any linebacker they are recruiting, so they want me at outside linebacker and that's where most schools want me."

Bafaro said he plans to take in a day of camp at several schools next month and realizes he will be a busy young man.

"It's going to be busy, but it'll be a great experience," Bafaro said. "I'm going to camp at Boise State, Washington, Oregon State and Oregon and I might hit another one or two, but I'm not sure which ones yet.

"It will give me a chance to see the schools and to show schools what I can do.

"I'm not a cocky person at all, but I am confident in what I can do and I'm confident I can get that offers I'm looking for."

"As our fullback he was not our primary ball carrier, but averaged almost 10 yards per carry when we gave him the ball," Liberty head coach Eric Mahlum told in an email. "He was also a huge threat out of the backfield as a receiver on play action pass. In addition to your traditional stats, as a blocker from the FB position he also led our team in pancakes with 22.

"On defense he is a physical force in the middle who plays downhill and had a number of plays at or behind the line of scrimmage. Has incredible closing speed and plays at a different speed than most players on the field."

While he has three offers to his name and a lot of interest, Bafaro has begun to think about a timeline and what will help him make his decision.

"If I get offers right after I go to the camps, then there is a good chance I could decide before the start of my senior season," Bafaro noted. "If not, then I will probably wait and take some official visits before I decide and then make a commitment after my season is over.

"I'm looking for coaching style and what players are ahead of me. I'd like to have a chance to see playing time by my sophomore year and then be starting by my junior year. I don't want anything handed to me, but I also need to take that sort of stuff into account when I'm deciding."

We will continue to keep track of Bafaro and we'll update things after he completes his camp tour next month.

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