Paris Bostick, former Georgia Bulldogs LB, commits to Oregon Ducks – OregonLive.com
Outside linebacker/safety Paris Bostick knows the value of the right fit.
At Georgia, he never quite found it, because the Bulldogs weren’t able to lock down exactly what the 6-foot-2, 218-pound defender could be, forcing him to transfer to Santa Monica College (Calif.). So when Bostick met Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum, who immediately knew how he’d use the versatile talent, he was sold.
“Coach Pellum came and saw me at Santa Monica, and I just felt real comfortable with what type of guy he is and what type of relationship the coaching staff has with its players,” he explained. “He was a down-to-Earth guy and he just told me about the program.”
Bostick committed to Oregon a couple of weeks ago, but largely kept it quiet until this weekend. He was originally a Rivals three-star prospect out of high school.
“It’s pretty exciting, especially with what they are doing right now,” he said. “I’m bragging to all the Floridians down here.”
For Bostick, becoming a Duck marks a second chance at finding a college football home.
The hybrid prospect out of Tampa, Florida originally committed to play rover for Georgia in the class of 2013, but after a toe injury and a defensive coaching change, Bostick found himself on the outside looking in and decided to transfer.
“(The new defensive coach) came in and he didn’t have a rover position in his style of defense, so that left me trying to make room at safety, linebacker,” he explained. “Not knowing exactly what position I was, I was learning two different playbooks. It wasn’t the right fit.”
Bostick transferred to Santa Monica College this season, where he played linebacker and running back, finishing with 42 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble. Still, he knew the stay would be temporary.
In need of a defensive back and outside linebacker after missing on a handful of class of 2015 targets, Oregon offered the junior college talent that could fit both needs.
“Everything happened so fast, but I was definitely comfortable. DP [Don Pellum] was the most comfortable coach I’ve ever met in my life,” Bostick said. “I was blown away by the type of personality he has as a defensive coordinator and a person.”
Bostick, who Oregon will use primarily at outside linebacker, will visit Eugene on January 22, but is solid to the Ducks. He said a recent inquiry from Oklahoma was immediately rejected.
“I’m a solid commit right now,” he said. “Oklahoma got in contact with my head coach and they were showing some interest, but I told him to tell them I was committed to Oregon, that I wasn’t on the market anymore.”
Finding a college football home hasn’t been easy for Bostick, but he believes he’ll finally have one when he moves to Eugene in June.