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University of Oregon Media Guide 2005

                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

Courtesy:
 Geoff Schwartz
 # 75
Offensive Lineman - OL
Height: 6-7  Weight: 351
Sophomore
High Schools/Junior College
   Palisades Charter HS
Los Angeles, Calif.

 

Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release: 08/27/2004

PERSONAL — Born Geoffrey Isaiah Schwartz on July 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, Calif. Parents: Lee Schwartz and Olivia Goodkin.
Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Palisades Charter (Jason Blatt) 2004. Major: Undeclared.

 

HIGH SCHOOL — Rated among the top 75 prep prospects in the state (SuperPrep) as well as California’s fifth-best offensive line recruit by Tom Lemming, earning first-team all-city and first-team all-Westside honors by the L.A. Times. Advanced to 36th on Rivals.com list of the nation’s premier offensive tackle prospects after not taking up the sport until the ninth grade, and included among the Tacoma News Tribune’s Western One-hundred selections. Possessed outstanding versatility as both a run blocker and protecting the passer, recording 65 pancake blocks for an offense which averaged 250 yards per game on the ground in addition to not allowing a quarterback sack his junior or senior season. Defensively, credited with 10 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks among his 55 stops, in addition to deflecting three passes and recovering one fumble. The multi-sport standout excelled as the starting center on the school’s basketball team as well as was decorated with all-city acclaim as a pitcher.

 

OREGON — Sometimes players need to be nudged before they realize how good they can be. Coaches feel he has the potential to be a dominant Pac-10 player at a young age if he desires to do so. Possesses all the physical tools in addition to his intelligence. If he chooses to step out of his comfort zone and push himself to a higher limit, there could be few defenders who could handle him. Gained enough experience as a true freshman to get a taste of what could be and now needs to add a little aggression to his natural talent.

 

2004 — Made appearances in four games as a true freshman, registering 20 snaps in his collegiate debut at Washington State before returning the following week for 27 plays against Arizona. Played extremely well at Washington State and vs. Arizona before concluding first year with 12 fourth-quarter downs at
Oregon State.

 

 

University of Oregon Media Guide 2004

                                      

   

 

 

Los Angeles, Calif.

Courtesy: GoDucks.com

Release:  08/27/2004

 
Geoff Schwartz
# 75
Offensive Lineman - OL
Height: 6-7 Weight: 345
Freshman
Previous Affiliations
   Palisades Charter HS
Los Angeles, Calif.

                                                                                                                                                      
         

PERSONAL
Born Geoffrey Isaiah Schwartz on July 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, Calif. Parents: Lee Schwartz and Olivia Goudkin. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Palisades Charter (Jason Blatt) 2004.

 

HIGH SCHOOL
Rated among the top 75 prep prospects in the state ( SuperPrep) as well as California’s fifth-best offensive line recruit by Tom Lemming, earning first-team all-city and first-team all-Westside honors by the L.A. Times. Advanced to 36th on Rivals.com list of the nation’s premier offensive tackle prospects after not taking up the sport until the ninth grade, and included among the Tacoma News Tribune’s Western One-hundred selections. Possessed outstanding versatility as both a run blocker and protecting the passer, recording 65 pancake blocks for an offense which averaged 250 yards per game on the ground in addition to not allowing a quarterback sack his junior or senior season. Defensively, credited with 10 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks among his 55 stops, in addition to deflecting three passes and recovering one fumble. The multi-sport standout excelled as the starting center on the school’s basketball team as well as was decorated with all-city acclaim as a pitcher on last spring’s baseball team. The Western League’s 2003 most improved player combined to tally a 1.3 ERA while sporting a 13-6 record with four saves and 130 strikeouts over the course of his final two years. Selected to take part in last January’s CaliFlorida Bowl.

 

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Capper to a Tremoundous High School Athletic Career

 

 

 

These are excerpts from the Palisades Post Sports stories
appearing in the JUNE 17, 2004 issue.


SPORTS


 

 

 

Palisades High's senior athletes of the year Geoff Schwartz and Cara Davidoff will test the waters at Division I universities next fall.

Geoff Schwartz Overcame Odds To Become A Three-Sport Star

June 17, 2004

Steve Galluzzo , Sports Editor

 

Sooner or later, Geoff Schwartz knew the day would come when he would have to decide what sport he wanted to play in college. Or, to put it more accurately, what sport he would play.

 

Whether it's on the court, on the diamond or on the gridiron, Schwartz loves to be in the midst of the action. That love, coupled with a drive to succeed, has won the 6-7, 330-pound senior the respect of his teammates and earned him this year's Post Cup Award as the outstanding senior athlete at Palisades High.

 

'It's not easy for someone to be that good at one sport, let alone three,' says PaliHi assistant football coach and head baseball coach Kelly Loftus. 'But Geoff is one of those kids who works hard and he's proving that it is possible to excel in more than one game.'

 

Schwartz played offensive and defensive line and was the long snapper on Pali's varsity football team, played center on the varsity basketball team and was the ace pitcher of the Dolphins' varsity baseball team. Though each sport required him to learn a unique set of skills, Schwartz says he is a more well-rounded athlete as a result. 'Playing three sports can be done. I'm not going to say it's easy. You have to work really hard, but I wouldn't trade what I did for anything.'

 

A fierce pass rusher and steady pass blocker, Schwartz was one of the captains of the football team last fall and was on the field for almost every play. He rotated from left to right tackle and left to right guard on offense and nose guard, defensive end and defensive tackle on defense. The game that stands out foremost in his mind is beating league rival Westchester near the end of his junior year.

 

'That was huge because it had been like 10 years since we had beaten them,' Schwartz says. 'We were so fired up for that game and I remember splashing coach with gatorade at the end. I was exhausted but elated at the same time. That is the best I've ever felt on the field.'

 

Though he chose to play football at the University of Oregon next fall, Schwartz caught the eye of dozens of major league baseball scouts with his effectiveness on the mound this season. The burly right-hander was the workhorse of the Dolphins' pitching staff and led the team with 51 strikeouts in 57 innings while posting a 1.23 earned run average. His fondest baseball memory, though, is one from his junior year.

 

'Without a doubt, going to Dodger Stadium was a big thrill,' Schwartz recalls. 'But I'd have to say the game before that was more awesome for me because I was a big part of that one. The whole dog pile at the end was cool.'

 

Schwartz held Gardena scoreless in the middle innings of last year's City semifinal game, allowing the Dolphins to stage a late-innings rally that propelled Pali into the Invitational finals. But because he had pitched the game before, Schwartz never got a chance to play in his team's blowout victory over Granada Hills four days later.

 

'I was a little disappointed, but I'm just glad we won and I know I contributed.'

 

When football season ended, Schwartz turned his attention to the low post, working on his jump shot as the starting center for the basketball team, an activity he had to give up his senior year in order to focus on baseball.

 

'Basketball helps me a lot in terms of conditioning, stamina and footwork,' Schwartz says. 'You have to be able to jump, so it's good for building strength in the legs and that helps my pitching, too.'

 

One of the top five offensive line recruits in California and amongst the top 35 in the nation, Schwartz considered several schools but settled on Oregon because of the college environment and the coach's sustained interest in him.

 

'I really want to play in the NFL and I think a good Pac-10 school like Oregon can get me there,' Schwartz says. 'The whole coaching staff has been very supportive and I like the family environment up there. I'm really looking forward to getting up there and hopefully getting a chance to play.'

 

Oregon doesn't have a baseball team, but that won't stop Schwartz from playing. He has already signed up to play for the Aloha Knights, a college travel team based in Portland. Knowing Schwartz, he may even find time for pick-up hoops with guys from his dorm. After all, when it's time to play, Pali's three-sport star is ready.

 

 

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