Three-star linebacker Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, Ore./Liberty) took his second official visit of the year this past weekend to Washington. The talented athlete had earlier visited Oregon.
Bafaro, the No. 2 ranked player in the state, has surprised some by taking his recruitment as long as he has. Many felt he would be an early commitment for the Ducks but the Huskies are a real player in this one.
“I had a great trip to Washington,” Bafaro said. “The coaching staff is incredible. I can’t say it enough. I love the staff there. Coach [Nick] Holt, coach [Doug] Nussmeier, coach Sark [Steve Sarksian], coach [Mike] Cox and Ivan Lewis, the strength coach are awesome people, and I loved being around them.
“The players are all down to earth and humble and I was very comfortable around them. The program is obviously going in the right direction and I like the way the defense plays. I like the campus and the city of Seattle a lot and it felt like a home away from home for me.”
Bafaro was an early Oregon lean but now says the Huskies have pulled even with the Ducks.
“Honestly, they’re dead even, 50-50,” Bafaro said. “All the great things I said about Washington, I could say about Oregon, too. I love the staff there, DP [Don Pellum], coach [Nick] Aliotti, Jim Radcliffe, the strength coach, I love those guys too.
“I have a lot of ties to Oregon. My grandpa played at Oregon for two years and later on as a coach. He actually coached Radcliffe. I said Washington was like a home away from home, but Oregon actually is home, and I’m very close with my family and especially my mom so I’m definitely torn.”
Bafaro said how he would be used is another contrast between the two schools.
“Washington runs a more traditional defense and likes me at weak side ‘backer,” Bafaor said. “Oregon wants me to close to the line where I would blitz a lot and drop in coverage as well. That would be a lot of fun to play in but Washington is more of a pro-style defense, and if I’m lucky enough to make it to that level, I think Washington’s defense could give me an edge.
Bafaro said he's still also going to take some more visits before making a decision.
“I want to check out Oregon State, Colorado and Boise State," he said. "I’ve actually been to more Oregon State games than any other school recruiting me. They have been recruiting me longer than anyone and were one of my first offers, so I feel loyal to them.
“Boise State has a great program and with Colorado, I’m super close with Eric Bieniemy and I really want to see the campus there. I honesty don’t know what I’m going to do. I know I can’t make a bad decision because I have great options but that still doesn’t make it any easier for me to decide on this.”