Dewitt Stuckey, the 6-foot, 215-pound four-star weakside linebacker from Lincoln High School in Stockton , Calif., has 16 scholarship offers, but has narrowed it down to a solid six and a big three.
Stuckey, ranked No. 45 in the West by Scout.com, favors Oregon slightly over Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon State and Georgia Tech. All of his favorites have offered, plus several others.
He has an official visited scheduled to Georgia Tech for September 15, although he admits he's unsure about the Yellow Jackets. "They already have like three linebackers committed, so I'm not sure what's gonna happen."
Although he has not attended any camps this summer, he did manage to unofficially visit Oregon, Oregon State and Cal.
"The thing that impressed me most about Oregon was the coaching staff," Stuckey said. "They are very down-to-earth and really seem dedicated to helping their players succeed both on and off the field. They are serious about their players getting their degree and they talked about education first and football second. They know that if my grades aren't up that I won't be able to play."
He says the Ducks and the Wildcats are recruiting him the hardest. "I talk with coach Mike Bellotti a lot and get lots of texts and mail from them.
"I also get a lot of texts from Arizona, especially coach Tim Kish (linebackers). I'm also really good friends with Robert Golden (Fresno Edison cornerback) and Sean Westgate (Oak Park safety) and they are both committed to Arizona," Stuckey said. "They are both recruiting me hard for Arizona. They see us playing together and helping to get the program up and make them a championship team. They are always talking to me about Arizona."
Stuckey also has a friend who goes to Washington, running back Curtis Shaw, which piqued his interest in the Huskies. "I was talking to Curtis' dad a while ago and told him that I don't really know much about Washington," Stuckey said. "I like that they are an up-and-coming program and I think that nobody is gonna see it coming. They'll be able to surprise a lot of teams."
Despite his list of six schools, Stuckey admits that it'll probably come down to three. "I think I'll end up playing in the Pac-10 and it's gonna come down to either Oregon, Cal or Arizona. Those are the main ones right now.
"Cal came in a little later than the others so I don't know the coaches as well yet, but they are like the best of both worlds," he said. "They are the number one public school in the nation and they have a great football program too. They are still getting better and I can see them being a national powerhouse in a few years."
Stuckey says he has no time frame for a decision. "I'm just waiting. I can't say a specific time when I'll make a decision because I don't know. It could be soon or it could be during the season or even after. I don't know."
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 840 SAT.