There is no question the defensive back Shawn Oatis (6-0, 205, 4.6) from Chino, Calif., can really ring your bell. The way his phone has been ringing since yesterday, Oatis may think he gave himself one of his bone jarring hits.
“I received phone calls from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Notre Dame, BYU and others that I can’t think of right now,” Oatis said. “There were also a lot of unidentified numbers that I didn’t get.”
Oatis already has set three of his five official visits. The first visit will be to Notre Dame on October 8th and will watch the Fighting Irish take on the Cardinal of Stanford.
Next on the talented safeties itinerary will be Ohio State on October 22nd. Oatis will be in Columbus to see the Buckeyes take on the Indiana Hoosiers.
The red hot Arizona Wildcats will also get an official visit but the date hasn’t been set at this time.
Oatis can play the run and hits a ton. He’s also a pretty good running back and he’s getting some looks for his talents on the offensive side of the ball.
Most of the smart money is on Oatis making his impact on the D-I level as a lethal hitting safety.
Oatis was an all-CIF first-team selection, earned his league’s Defensive Player of the Year award and was all-area for his performance in 2003.
On defense, Oatis racked up 69 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
On offense, he rushed for 1,285 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
Oatis is a very dedicated and motivated football player who watches hours of tape to prepare for opponents. He uses the knowledge learned to his advantage when it is game time.
Oatis is also working hard on his overall speed and strength. He is working with a strength and conditioning coach and Oatis has already seen marked improvement in his overall quickness that he attributes to being more flexible.