These days many kids earn offers based on highlight films and reputation. Offensive lineman Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) is doing it the old fashioned way. After recent visits to Vanderbilt, Stanford and Oregon, the three-star prospect earned scholarship offers from each program.
"It was a crazy week for me. I did a lot of traveling and wore myself out but it was well worth it," Oser said. "They all wanted me to come for a visit and take part in their camps and told me if I did well in person I would probably get an offer."
After Oser's Harvard-Westlake teammate, Chad Kanoff committed to Vanderbilt in late May, the Commodores began recruiting Oser. After a successful visit to the Commodores' camp Oser now has the option to join Kanoff in Nashville next year.
Oser then made the trek to Eugene after being invited to camp by Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.
"I had never been to Oregon and I was absolutely blown away by everything they had to offer. The facilities, the area and the coaching staff are all amazing. I was taken aback by the kind of support and the resources they offer their student-athletes," Oser said. "I performed well enough at the camp to earn an offer and have thought a lot about how crazy it would be to play college football at Autzen Stadium. The fans are so close to the field. Oregon is an amazing place."
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Oser is now up to seven offers and feels like more could be headed his way. Not that he needs any more offers.
"If you told me two years ago that I would have scholarship offers from schools like Colorado, Vanderbilt, Oregon and Stanford, I would have laughed in your face," Oser said. "It wasn't until my coaches told me I had a future in this sport and helped me learn more about the game that I realized college football could be a reality for me."
Oser plans to take his time before making a commitment to ensure he makes the right decision. For now, he is satisfied with what his recent camp efforts have done for him.
"I have some options now and I want to make sure I take advantage of my situation," he said. "I'm just excited for the future."