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Arnold looking at three trips

Cal and Michigan State remain the frontrunners for Brandon Arnold and the Encino (Calif.) Crespi three-star safety is also trying to work out an official visit to Oregon State.
The 6-foot, 183-pound recruit said he was especially impressed with how the Beavers played in their victory against UCLA this past weekend and he's looking to schedule something soon.
"It's really Cal and Michigan State right now and not much has changed that much," Arnold said.
"I've also been talking to Oregon State to set one up pretty soon. I'm about to get in contact with Michigan State to see when I can set up an official. I'm also looking to set one up to Cal. I'm not sure when I'm going but I've been up there for an unofficial.
"I've been impressed with (Oregon State). I like how they're getting after it on the field. They're showing they mean business and I like it a lot."
Getting to Michigan State sometime this season is important to Arnold, rated as the No. 40 safety in the 2013 class by Rivals.com. He has helped Encino Crespi to a 6-0 start against some heady competition.
Arnold said getting to East Lansing is crucial so he can get a true feel for what the school and the football program can offer.
"I want to take an official up there to see what it's all about," Arnold said. "I really want to see the atmosphere, what it's like up there and I want to see a game to see how live it is up there before I make any decisions."
Out of all the programs recruiting him, Arnold is probably most familiar with Cal since he's already been to campus and his former teammate, Chris Harper, is a freshman receiver for the Golden Bears.
That all could play a factor as Arnold's recruitment continues.
"The thing that I like a lot is that it's close to home," Arnold said. "My family can see me plus it has great academics. That's a big key for me. I like the academics they have up there.
"Chris is also a big part of it because I talk to him a lot and he loves the school. I'll keep talking to him about it."
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