Pac-10 Preference

"I'd like to stay in the Pac-10 and be in this area," Boseko Lokombo said. "I really like Eugene (Ore.) and the whole town and just feel comfortable here. I have a good relationship with the coaches and I feel I could easily adapt to college life if I went there. My family and parents are strict and academics are number one for them. Overall, I just want a good fit..."

Boseko Lokombo, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound four-star middle linebacker was born in the Congo, but lived in Canada before moving to the U.S. before his junior year. Lokombo plays for South Eugene High School in Oregon, where he finished his junior season with over 50 tackles.

"I'm really aggressive and I tackle well," Lokombo said. "I read the linemen well and I'm always in good position, but there's still a lot of things I'm working on.

"I want to finish tackles better and get off blocks quicker," he said. "I'm also working on my footwork because I'd like to react quicker and I think that would help my pursuits as well."

He says he can bench 295 pounds and has a 34-inch vertical jump. Lokombo also has good speed and claims 4.6 forty speed.

Scout.com's No. 10 middle linebacker has five scholarship offers and is hoping to earn more. He currently holds rides from Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Portland State.

"I'm keeping things pretty open," he admitted. "But my top three are Oregon, UCLA and Washington."

Lokombo says he grew up liking UCLA and Notre Dame and plans on visiting the Bruins this summer. "UCLA has great coaches and I like the style of defense and offense they run," he said. "They've always been a fun team to watch. Also, I've heard it's a great environment over there and that it's a nice place to be.

"I like Notre Dame because of their history," he said. "They have a lot of Pro Bowlers in the NFL and the tradition is amazing."

In addition to UCLA, Lokombo also hopes to visit Stanford and California. "I really haven't been to any other school besides Oregon," he said. "I plan to visit the California schools and see what they are like.

"I just love the competition out in California and I'd like to see if I can earn an offer from one of those schools," he said. "I'd like to open up my options a bit more. Plus, Cal and Stanford both have great academics and are known for being top schools."

Although he plans to visit California, Lokombo admits he'd prefer to stay close to home. "Oregon is only like 15 minutes away," he said. "I'd like to stay in the Pac-10 and be in this area.

"I really like Eugene and the whole town and just feel comfortable here," Lokombo said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches and I feel I could easily adapt to college life if I went there."

Lokombo's parents also favor the Ducks.

"My family and parents are strict and academics are number one for them," Lokombo said. "Overall, I just want a good fit and be in the right environment. I'm hoping to take all of my official visits during the season and will try to make a decision after my season is over…probably sometime in November or December."

Before moving to Eugene, Lokombo lived in Vancouver, Canada, and still has family there. "I have a lot of family in Canada and Seattle is pretty close," he said. "That's why I'm looking at Washington too. Seattle is a great city and it's a nice environment, plus my family would be able to come visit."

The Huskies haven't offered him yet, but Lokombo says they've been recruiting him as much as the schools that have offered. "They seem to be close to offering," he said.

Lokombo says he got into football through his older brother (Boloy Lokombo), who played cornerback for the Div. II program Minnesota-Duluth. "He tells me to stay humble and keep working hard," he said. "He says when the times comes, I'll know it."

He plans to major in either computer science or computer engineering and reports a 3.2 core GPA and an 1100 SAT, which he will retake.

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