The recruiting process for some high school players may span
over parts of three seasons ending on the first Wednesday in February during
their senior season. For others, knowing early on where they want to play
college ball and being lucky enough to get that offer trims the fat from a lot
of wasted phone calls, emails, coaches’ visits, unofficial visits, and official
The “easy” recruiting life is such for Class of 2016 two-way
star Brady Breeze.
The 6’1”, 200 pound, safety, wide receiver and part-time
running back committed to the Oregon Ducks early. So early he was the first
onboard for the 2016 recruiting class nearly a year and half ahead of his
signing day. His commitment has not stopped other high profile teams like Alabama to come around
gauging interest not at safety like the Ducks want him but at wide receiver.
The Central Catholic star reflected on National Signing Day
from an underclassman’s perspective offering insight to how at least one top
recruit viewed high school and college footballs yearly merger.
Brady, what impressed you the most about the class Oregon just signed?
“The new signing class was one of the best they've had. It
was cool to see some of the guys that I'll be playing with in 2016.”
Were there any other schools that impressed you with the
class that they signed in 2015? If so, which school and why?
“The class that is always impressive is Alabama’s. They always put so many guys in
the NFL and it's always interesting to see some 5-star recruits go there and
then see them playing in the NFL.”
Did National Signing Day inspire you in anyway? If so, how
and in what way?
“Signing day was definitely inspiring knowing that I'm going
to be signing my letter in front of people too. I just need to work harder so
when I get to college I have no regrets about not working hard enough or being
a good enough student.
“NSD definitely makes me want to appreciate everything I
have and continue to inspire other people to work hard. I'm just really
grateful for the scholarships I have and I definitely need to make the best of
it and show Oregon
what I have to give to make them a better team.”
Is there anything about the recruiting process that you
would like see changed? If so, what and how would you change it?
“If I could change anything about recruiting I would
probably change some of the rules where coaches should be able to text kids
instead of only emailing them. I just wish the NCAA wasn't so strict about some
of the smallest things of recruiting. Coaches should be able to call players,
not only players being able to contact the coaches.”
Have you started recruiting other players currently
uncommitted to join you in 2016? If so, who and how are you recruiting them?
What’s your pitch?
“I've actually tried to get Taylor Rapp from the state of
Washington (Sehome High School, Bellingham) and La'Mar Winston who goes to Central Catholic with me to try and
be a Duck. Whenever I talk to them about Oregon
I always bring up the coaches and of course the unis (laughing).
has an unbelievable coaching staff that treats their players with so much
respect and makes them have a great college experience. Their unis are also
some of the best in the whole country that keeps everyone wondering what is
next and what colors they're gonna mix.”
For more on Brady Breeze follow the link to a previous Elite Sports Network interview with the Central Catholic star.
Photo credit:oregonlive.com; No. 7 Brady Breeze