Brett Bafaro did not know what to expect when he attended a National Underclassmen Combine before last season but after performing well the Hillsboro (Ore.) Liberty outside linebacker started receiving letters from schools across the country.
Now Bafaro, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect, wants to start turning some of that interest into offers.
"Last summer I went to an NUC event and got the MVP there and I went to a few NIKE combines and put up some good numbers there," Bafaro said.
"Right after that is when the letters started hammering me. I fee like I performed pretty well there but I could do a lot better.
"I was doing all that on a strained hip flexor. Hopefully, I can stay healthy through this summer so I can perform a lot better and schools that are already interested in me will become more interested in me and maybe offers will roll around."
Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Alabama, Cal and Nebraska are some of the schools showing interest in Bafaro, who was invited to Cal's upcoming junior day but is unsure whether he can make it. UCLA and USC are two other programs that interest him.
"Last summer I went to the NUC thinking I've never done this before, I've never been to any sort of combines and I wanted to see what I could do," Bafaro said.
"I went against some of the top kids in the state and it was an eye-opener. It was a great feeling to do so well."
Bafaro wants to get back out there and hopefully pick up some offers. The Pac-12 stands out most to him and the Oregon standout said USC has always been a dream school but he's more focused on getting offers from within that conference.
His spring and summer schedule isn't mapped out yet but he's hoping to take trips to some Pac-12 schools to work out and he's planning to gain more exposure by attending a NIKE camp or two.
"I'm going to come into camps a lot heavier, faster, more athletic and this year on the football field I plan to make a lot more plays," Bafaro said.