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'05 CA S/RB Shawn Oatis (UCLA signee)




Chino (CA)

Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 205 pounds
40 Time: 4.6-seconds
Bench: 290 pounds
Squat: 500 pounds
Vertical: 34-inches
GPA: 4.1
SAT/ACT: 960
2003 stats: 1,300 yards rushing, 20 total touchdowns, 4.5YPC- on defense he had 75 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles
Honors: Defensive MVP for his team
All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation)
First-Team Inland Empire
First-team all-league at running back
Ranked as Pre-season Top 25 Defensive Back in Southern California

tOSU and Washington are sending the most mail and recruiting him the hardest. He has 7 offers.

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I remember remember something about some schools using a 6.0 scale instead of a 4.0 scale. I would assume that is the case here.

KSB- I checked the article again and it says 4.0 scale- pretty impressive but he only scored a 960 on his SAT- he will take it again
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Rivals now has video of Oatis and he's impressive on both sides of the ball. Shows good hands coming out of the backfield and although he doesn't have blazing speed he definitely has wheels and runs hard. I really like him as a safety. He comes up hard from his safety spot and doesn't shy away from contact. He was a lot more physical than Adam Myers-White was in his video. Not sure if we're looking at him as a RB or a S but he may be the type of athlete you get on campus and find a spot for him later.
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Is he Pete's #1 man... if so I doubt he leaves CA... interesting offer (if we get Adam MW no real need for more DB's, and we seem to be in on several RB's with a lot of talent), I'm sure the GPA didn't hurt either...
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In a Ducks Sports Authority (University of Oregon) article dated tomorrow (but available on BSB today), Shawn Oatis had the following to say about the main criterion in determining his college choice:

Oatis discussed what he is looking for when choosing a college to attend.

“How competitive a school has been the last three or four years. A team that consistently has a competitive program.”

Oatis went on to explain exactly what he meant about “competitive.”

“Not necessarily competing for the national championship,” Oatis said, “Just a team that is competitive with the best teams.”
Then Oatis named a rather surprising leader:

Oatis mentioned that one school does stand out to him above the rest.

“The one (school) I’m definitely interested in is Notre Dame. They probably have the lead right now. My family likes Notre Dame and their coach came down a while ago. I still want to explore all my options, but if there was a leader it would be Notre Dame.”

Oatis is obviously interested in Notre Dame, but the program has still not offered a scholarship to him.
It is amazing how much cachet Notre Dame still holds for some kids. ND was far from competetive last year, and will struggle to equal its lack of success this year. It will be a long time before Notre Dame is mentioned with the "best teams".

Shawn Oatis article from Ducks Sports Authority
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disappointing news

I guess ND still has some juice out in Cali- maybe TY has some connections from his Stanford days? They did pull Terrail Lambert out of the state last year.

Being on National TV playing USC every year probably doesn't hurt either.
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If someone's criteria is to play for a team that is competitive with the best schools over the last three or four years he certainly would not be looking at Notre Dame. If the Irish's little Ty Bubble had burst sooner his first season, he would already be gone. ND = fagetaboutit
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