A player we've been hearing about since he was just a freshman is Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz. Three years ago, we were scouting the lineman's older brother Geoff, who would sign with Oregon, but al we kept hearing was his younger brother was an even better prospect and that could very well be the case.
Schwartz, 6-5, 290 pounds earned all-state underclass honors his sophomore season and followed that up with a 1st team selection this past year as well. He had a strong showing at the SoCal Nike camp a year ago and looked good at the recent Army All-American combine as well.
Although Schwartz is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, he's hearing from over 40 schools from all over the country.
"The entire Pac 10 is sending letters and requesting film," Schwartz said. "I'm also hearing from schools like Boston College, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia and several others.
"A lot of schools have come by our campus and I'm still really open right now. I couldn't even name a top five but I do have more of a top 10 list of schools I like. In no order, I would say I'm really interested right now in Arizona, Cal, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Virginia.
"I'm hoping to attend a bunch of summer camps and we're in the process of figuring out which ones right now. It's tough because a lot of the camps are at the same time. Notre Dame, Oregon and USC are all the same time and then others like Arizona, Michigan and Cal are when I'm still in school. I do want to attend as many as I can and I'll also be going to the Nike camp as well."
With his older brother Geoff at Oregon, does this give any edge at all to the Ducks?
"It's a minor factor but it really won't have any influence on my decision," Schwartz said. "The main factors I'm looking for in a school are the academics (carrying a 4.3 GPA), the location of the school and the overall strength of the program. I'm not planning to commit anywhere early. I'm going to take several unofficial visits in the summer to help narrow my list and then take my official visits next year."