College Football Recruiting: Pac-12 Makes Victor Egu's Short List

By Tyler Brett

De La Salle senior linebacker Victor Egu is taking his time with his college football recruiting experience, making sure he puts plenty of thought into where he will end up playing in 2013. After receiving over 15 offers from schools all over the country including Nebraska, Notre Dame, Army, and others, Egu narrowed his list down to eight and is ready to trim three more schools to get his top five in the next couple of weeks. The Pac-12 is well represented in Egu’s top picks, and could have three or four teams in the linebacker’s final-five.

Right now, Northwestern, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, and Boise State have been the schools most frequently in contact with Egu, and would likely have an inside track to making the cut. However, UCLA has made a recent push for the three-star recruit, upping their contact with the linebacker. According to Egu, the Bruins have been “calling a lot,” but are waiting to see a little more film from his first few games this coming season and have told him that “an offer is most likely coming.”

The team that may be the surest bet to make Egu’s top-five is the Oregon Ducks. Oregon has always enjoyed a strong relationship with De La Salle, which has helped them in their recruitment of Egu. Coaches Nick Aliotti and Don Pellum are the primary recruiters for De La Salle and have built a good relationship with the young linebacker. Egu has said that he would love to play for Pellum and Aliotti as the Ducks’ defensive system is “fun to watch,” and Egu sees himself fitting in nicely.

In addition to his relationship with the coaching staff, Egu also knows several players already in Eugene as former teammates and friends from De La Salle now attend Oregon. Egu says that he hears nothing but positive things about the environment up there and “The academic support and the fan support are as good as it gets anywhere in the country,” according to what the linebacker has heard. He has gone on record saying that he has a “very high interest level” in the Ducks and doesn’t see anything changing that in the near future.

Once Egu has narrowed his list of preferred schools, he will start the process of scheduling his official visits. He’ll start visiting schools either late in his season or immediately afterwards, in order to get them out of the way as soon as possible so that he will be ready to make his decision and commit in December. For now, he’s just focused on his senior year and helping lead De La Salle to their fourth straight state championship.

Whichever team ends up with Egu will enjoy the services of a versatile outside linebacker with the speed and athleticism to get sideline to sideline, the instincts to be a constant presence in the backfield, and the motor to never stay blocked and make every play. In short, a big asset for any Pac-12 defense.

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