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Oakman talks NC State, others

NC State may be the only school that has extended an offer to junior defensive end Shawn Oakman, but plenty of others are interested in the talented prospect.
It's no secret why, as the 6-foot-8, 240-pound prospect had a huge junior season, recording 136 tackles and 17 sacks en route to being one of the most productive players in Pennsylvania regardless of class.
"Coaches have been coming to the school and I'm talking to coaches a little bit," Oakman said. "I'm getting letters and getting invited to junior days and spring camps. That's about it.
"I've got the offer from NC State, but no other schools are fully committed to offering me yet. A lot are very interested, though."
Is Oakman interested in the Wolfpack?
"I think they're a good school," he said. "They're a rebuilding program. I think it'd be a good fit for some people. I don't know yet for myself, because I haven't been there yet."
Oakman said he has not visited any schools lately. When asked where he would like to go in the near future he rattled off a list of six schools -- Penn State, Ohio State, UCLA, Pitt, Boston College and West Virginia.
He also admitted that two schools are currently sitting atop his list.
"Penn State is a favorite and Temple is a favorite. Penn State because of Joe Pa. He's a very intelligent coach and Larry Johnson is a very smart defensive line coach, which would be my position.
"Temple, I like that they're close to home. They're a contender. That's something I like about Penn State. They're a contender, too."
Oakman said all the schools that are recruiting him want him as a defensive end or tackle, except West Virginia. The Mountaineers want him as a tight end. Oakman said he would prefer to play defensive end in college.
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