Brett Bafaro went to Oregon's recent summer camp in the hopes of not only doing well but dominating so he could show the Ducks' coaching staff that he was worthy of an offer.
It went overwhelmingly well for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Liberty outside linebacker who picked up an offer from Oregon and is now seriously considering the Ducks but is not yet ready to make his commitment.
"I had a great camp, I had a pick-six, a couple sacks and I was really playing my butt off," Bafaro said.
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"Getting almost every tackle was my goal and I did well. The coaches were watching me closely. I was under the radar for them. I think they wanted to wait it out and see how camp went."
During the camp, Bafaro, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect, said he talked with coach Chip Kelly and linebackers coach Don Pellum mainly and then he was told to call Kelly once he left campus. Shortly after camp, Bafaro made the call and picked up arguably his biggest offer yet.
"I talked to coach Kelly and coach Pellum afterwards and they said how about you call coach Kelly when you're out of town," Bafaro said. "I called and he said they'd like to offer me a scholarship.
"I'm extremely excited. I haven't really thought of Oregon as a school of my choice but it's definitely a huge school I want to go to. I didn't really know where I was with them especially since they're going to be a powerhouse and they can get recruits out of anywhere and they do. I wasn't sure if they were going to take a kid like me."
Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Eastern Washington have also offered Bafaro, who's starting to emerge on the national scene and could pick up more offers leading into his senior season.
Oregon is a big-time offer though and the Ducks are definitely under strong consideration in his recruitment.
"They were in the back of my mind but when they offered me I'm extremely excited about it now and really happy for the opportunity," Bafaro said.
"They're very high on my list, it's a couple hours from my house and they're going to be competing for national championships year in and year out."