Ian Seau gets it all the time. He's asked about his uncle, Junior, the NFL superstar and former Southern Cal standout. He's asked if he plays football, if he plays linebacker, if the two are related.
"It's pretty much the whole package," Seau said.
So the questions keep coming for Seau, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon who embraces his family history but also wants to make his own mark on the football field.
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Seau is well on his way.
Rivals.com includes him on its top 250 watch list for 2011 players and Colorado, Arizona, BYU and Colorado State have already offered. Interest is coming in from Boise State, California, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Miami. It's still too early for Seau to name a leader.
"It's a good thing because I was blessed with being a Seau, with my uncle, and I was blessed with the talent to play football," he said. "Everyone expects more out of you and usually when people expect more out of you, you expect more out of yourself so I always push myself to be better than everyone else out there.
"We've talked a little bit but it wasn't a deep conversation. He's just letting me go out and enjoy myself. He basically said go where you want to go."
Seau has no clue where that is yet and he's in no rush. No particular school that has offered stands out more than the others and he's planning to wait to see which other programs offer. There is a lot of Pac-10 interest. Might Southern Cal consider taking another Seau since it had so much success in the past?
"They all have something that I want," said Seau, who added he doesn't have any solid plans on a spring camp schedule yet. "I know if I go to BYU, football is going to be my main focus. There won't be many distractions.
"Arizona is a good school to go to, too. Colorado shows me a bunch of love, they've been around since my sophomore year and Colorado State is up there, too. They just keep talking to me and showing me that they're interested so it's looking good."
A decision is not expected anytime soon and Seau might be one of the prospects that wait a long time to finalize things. He wants to see which other offers arrive. He'll probably take some visits and Seau also wants to figure out which other defensive ends are being recruited by the schools that offer so he isn't lost in the shuffle.
"I'm going to wait," Seau said. "I'm waiting for some other offers to see what happens there and see what other schools are interested and see what colleges are still going to talk to me as I wait.
"Some colleges might just get over it and find other people. The longer I wait I'm going to see if those colleges stay true to me and see who they sign to know if I want to go there. I don't want to commit early and then they'll get another guy."