Bafaro talks UO official visit, recruiting

One of the top linebackers left on Washington's recruiting radar took his first official visit last weekend and Liberty (Hillsboro, Or.) LB Brett Bafaro said he had a great time in Eugene. So, with that visit behind him, is he closer to making a decision? Read on to find out...

"It was a really great time," Bafaro told "My host was Sam Kamp, he's a redshirting defensive end, and he showed me around and we just talked a lot about things down there.

"I took an unofficial visit there two weeks ago and then last weekend I took my official visit there this past weekend and it really was a great time for me to see everything down there.

"One thing I learned about them that I sorta had a misconception on was that the players are all for themselves. After seeing it all up close and for myself, that couldn't be further from the truth. They are a real family down there. They are tight-knit. I liked that a lot."

While he said the visit to Oregon really opened his eyes, he admitted that he is no closer to making his decision.

"It's just the first step to making (my decision)," Bafaro said. "The coaches told me they really want me and they even joked about me committing, but they didn't put a lot of pressure on me. They just want me to know that I have a place there and that was great to hear.

"I'm still going to take visits to Washington and Oregon State.

"I'm going up (to OSU) to this weekend on an unofficial visit and we'll probably talk about setting up an official visit then."

As far as the Huskies are concerned, Bafaro said he keeps in contact with the coaches weekly and that every time he speaks to them his interest in the program grows.

"I talk with coach (Steve) Sarkisian, coach (Doug) Nussmeier and coach (Mike) Cox all the time," Bafaro said. "Everytime I talk to them, my respect for them and the program just grows and grows.

"I love the program and the team is still young and feeling its way, but I feel like the players play hard and the coaches coach them harder and that's something that is really important for me.

"You want to see them improve and I think they've improved a lot."

Even though Bafaro was at Oregon on his official visit, he said he was able to take in quite a bit of Washington's game against Nebraska last weekend.

"At halftime, I got them to switch the T.V. over to the U-Dub/Nebraska game and got to see about a quarter of the game," Bafaro said. "It was unfortunate that they lost on a couple of those calls and stuff, but they will rebound, I have no doubt about that.

"I'm hoping to take an official up there before their game against Oregon, but I definitely want to get up there for that game too and I might take an unofficial for that game too. We'll see."

Bafaro is off to a solid start with his team this season and last week he only play in the first quarter and part of the second as Liberty blew out Milwaukie (Or.) Academy of Arts 40-14 and totaled 4 tackles and 1 sack in 9 defensive snaps and had one carry at running back that he took in for a score.

We will continue to keep track of his progress and update news as it happens.

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