Dewitt Stuckey, the 6-foot, 215-pound four-star linebacker from Lincoln High School in Stockton , Calif., still has 16 scholarship offers says. Oregon, the first program to offer in January, remains the clear team to beat. He's already called himself a "soft commit" to the Ducks.
"Right now I'd say that there's a 75 percent chance I'll go there," Stuckey said. "They looked really good against Michigan and they are doing great. I actually think they'll win the Pac-10 this year. They have fast receivers, running backs and a solid defense and that's what you need to win. Also the coaches are really good, so it's all there for them to do well."
The Ducks still lead big over California, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington and he'll be taking his official visit to Eugene on Sept. 29. Although the Ducks are in the catbird seat, he says he doesn’t plan on pulling the trigger early. "I want to find the perfect place for me and make sure that I fit in," he said. "I don't want to just make a decision based on what team is doing well or has great uniforms or the perfect locker rooms. There's more to it."
Before the season, Stuckey said that he would make a decision early in the season, but now he says he'll take his time. "I thought I would be committing early, but now that our season has started I realized that recruiting really isn't getting in the way," Stuckey said. "It hasn't been too bad and I'm still able to focus on our team. I don't really talk to coaches and I'm bad at returning emails. Really the only thing I do is check Scout and Rivals and see who else these schools are recruiting and how serious they are about me."
He previously said that he was going to visit Georgia Tech on Sept. 15, but now he's no longer considering the Yellow Jackets. "I tried to set up that official visit but that weekend was already full," he said. "Plus they already have like two or three linebackers committed, so I don't think they need more."
Stuckey says he may take an official visit to Oregon State on Oct. 6, but that isn't firm yet. "I visited them unofficially and I really liked it," he said. "They seem to have a lot to offer. The people are great and it's a great atmosphere. It's a small town and everyone there is really down-to-earth. It's just a great football environment."
The school that has surprised Stuckey the most this season is Washington. "They've really turned it around," he said. "They can play some ball and now have some athletes. They went into New York and beat Syracuse pretty badly and that's not easy to do. All the hard work is paying off and it just seems like they are all buying into what coach Tyrone Willingham is doing."
California is another team that has impressed Stuckey. "I expected them to be really strong this year and they are," he said. "They proved it against Tennessee. I figured they should have beaten Tennessee last year and they did it this year. The only thing that I'm concerned about is that they are pretty deep.
"Arizona is a good program with great players, so I still think they'll turn it around," Stuckey said. "I know some of the guys on the team and they were all top recruits. They've got to have something special going on to attract the talent they are getting."
Lincoln opened their season with a 24-22 victory over Vintage High School in Napa, Calif. Stuckey had 10 tackles, one fumble recover and one sack. On offense he finished with 11 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown. Next up for Lincoln is Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif.
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and an 840 SAT.