Wide receiver Zack Bornstein (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) will be an intriguing recruit to watch in the Class of 2014. But it won't just be college football coaches keeping an eye on the 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver.
Bornstein is also one of the nation's top decathletes, and could have a bright future in that discipline. He will head to New York in March to take part in the New Balance Indoor Nationals. Then he'll take part in the USATF Junior Nationals in June and will also participate in the Pan Am Games next summer in Lima, Peru.
But this past weekend, Bornstein stayed on the West Coast, as he took an unofficial visit to Oregon for the Ducks' game against Stanford. It was Bornstein's second visit to Oregon -- he was in attendance for the game against USC last year -- and while he has now witnessed Oregon's only home losses over the past two seasons, he came away impressed again.
"I really enjoyed the visit," Bornstein said. "It exceeded my expectations. I got to see the facilities, which are some of the top facilities in the country. Both times I've been there, I've been very impressed with them."
Bornstein doesn't hold any scholarship offers at this point, but has been in touch with Michigan, TCU, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
One of the most important aspects of Bornstein's visit to Oregon was the time he was able to spend with the track coaches to speak about his goals in that sport. Oregon might have put together its best recruiting pitch this past summer though, when former Oregon star Ashton Eaton set the world record in the decathlon during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and then won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
"Ashton Eaton coming out of there shows that Oregon always has a successful track program," Bornstein said. "Producing a world record holder is very impressive and gives me high hopes."
But Bornstein's visit to Oregon this past weekend was more about the football program, which also made a positive impression on the junior.
"The student section was really impressive," he said. "It was a great feeling all weekend. I could see myself being there and playing there."