Brandon Arnold has not eliminated any schools but it's becoming increasingly clear that Cal and Michigan State have emerged as the favorites.
The Encino (Calif.) Crespi three-star safety said he hopes to take official visits to those two schools in the coming weeks and then he could be prepared to make his decision early in his senior season.
"It's those two as favorites and I want to see what else comes my way," Arnold said.
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"I'm thinking about making my decision probably after the third or fourth game. It's going to be sometime around there. I'm trying to take visits to Michigan State and Cal and then make my decision after that."
The 6-foot, 183-pound recruit said there are many things to like about both programs and the decision could be difficult. That's why he'd prefer to take official trips to each place to get a better feel for the programs, the coaching staffs and the settings.
"The academics, the area, the background of football and the history it has being a good football team, the coaching staff is great and I like the facilities they have there," Arnold said of Michigan State.
"(Cal) has a good football team, the coaching staff is really good and I really like coach (Ashley) Ambrose as a defensive backs coach. The new facilities are really good and with the academics there it is a lot to offer."
Distance might be a consideration for Arnold, who also has offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, Iowa State, Oregon State, Washington State and others.
"It's kind of an issue because I want to make sure my family can come out to see me play so I'm just seeing what happens and how I feel about it," Arnold said.
Rivals.com rates the Crespi standout as the No. 47 safety in the 2013 class and No. 64 in the California state rankings.