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Top100 LB Brayden Platt working to set up visit plans

Yelm (Washington) linebacker Braden Platt good in adolescence for suggestions.

Since his junior state championship season, Yelm has made frequent stops for college coaches across the country, including schools such as USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Washington.

Add to that an offer from Oklahoma that didn’t make it to Yelm but was eyeing Platt, and the last couple of months have been a dream come true for him.

The next step for him is to start cutting down his list, although he is in no hurry to do so.

“I hope to be in the top five at some point, but I don’t have a specific timeline,” Platt said.

In the last couple weeks of January, Platt added offers from USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and BYU, and then UCLA kicked off its February.

He only visited once in Oregon in January, but plans to visit other schools in March, including the University of Southern California and UCLA when he is in Southern California.

“I was supposed to visit Washington for their junior day, but something happened on the schedule, but I still made it to Oregon,” Platt said.

The trip to Oregon was educational for him.

“Oregon was good, it was nice to meet all the coaches,” Platt said. “Coach (Tosh) Lupoy and Coach (Dan) Lanning were the ones I spent most of my time with.”

Stanford could be the next school to offer Platt.

“I think Stanford could be close,” Platt said. “They’ve passed and they’re getting set with their new coaches.”

UCLA is Platt’s latest offer, and he was intimate with the UCLA linebacker coach. And Norton Jr.since he was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.

Norton was in Yelm in the month of January to see him and his teammate. Isaiah Patterson.

A week later, the Bruins were offered.

“I’m very excited about this offer, especially from Coach Norton,” Platt said.

Platt will be in Southland the first week of March and plans to visit UCLA and USC.

In the spring, Platt said he plans to make all five of his official visits with the hope of a decision before his senior season.

“I want to make a decision before the season starts,” Platt said.

Platt hasn’t had much time to rest since his junior season – he was right on track, including last weekend’s Washington meeting, his first indoor meeting.

Platt posted a 60–9.25 shot put record at his first indoor event, making him 6th in the country in the shot put in 2023.

He was selected to compete in the 2024 All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Platt has four stars in the industry’s 247Sports Composite Rankings, with 247Sports being his highest, making him the No. 9 linebacker in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in Washington State in 2024.


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