Stanford is the latest offer for 2012 tight end Taylor McNamara and the Cardinal has moved into the top five for the San Diego (Calif.) Westview tight end who also lists Cal, Ohio State, Arizona and Florida State as his favorites.
A few months ago, McNamara was close to committing to the Buckeyes but the 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect decided to wait things out to see what else would happen in his recruitment. It's been really busy so the Westview standout believes he made the right decision.
"I'm still open to anything," McNamara said. "I'm really interested in Oregon. They had a great year and I heard great things about their facilities. If they offered I'd really like to check them out. They impressed me this year."
McNamara will visit Cal on Feb. 12 and then head to Stanford for a junior day on Feb. 26 but no other visits are planned at this point. Both Pac-10 schools recently offered and both excite McNamara, considered one of the best tight ends on the West Coast.
"I've been talking to Cal quite a bit," McNamara said. "I really like their coaching staff and I'm comfortable around them.
"My parents really like both of those schools because of the academics. I'm interested in that, too. The Stanford one really excited me because they're prestigious for their academics. I'm visiting both of those places in February."
Other than his visits to Stanford and Cal, McNamara is considering George Whitfield's Rock Tour this spring. Whitfield is a quarterbacks coach who travels to 14 schools - from Washington to Texas, McNamara said - with quarterbacks and other players working out at different colleges.
It would give McNamara a great chance to look at many college campuses but he might use that time to start narrowing down his list a little bit.
With offers from Arizona, Cal, Cincinnati, Florida State, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio State and Stanford, things could be pretty busy over the next couple months.
"I'm still thinking about it," McNamara said. "It was good because I didn't want to make a decision early but it's hard. I'm going to have to narrow it down sometime."