Zach Banner recently trimmed his list to nine schools but the Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes offensive tackle said Sunday at the Seattle NIKE Camp that he will still keep his options open and could add to his list if certain schools pique his interest.
"I'm just narrowing it down as we go," Banner said.
"I realize I'm about to go to my senior year so you have to start doing it sooner or later. I'm not cutting anybody off. That means somebody I don't have an offer from I can add them to the list."
Article Continues Below
In no particular order, Washington, Oregon Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, USC, LSU, Florida State and Oklahoma are the top nine for Banner, a 6-foot-9, 310-pound four-star recruit who was the second-best offensive tackle behind close friend Joshua Garnett, a four-star from Puyallup, Wash., at Sunday's camp.
Those programs hold an edge on all others - and Banner is strongly considering playing football and basketball in college - but teams could sneak on the list because he does not plan to make a decision until after his senior season.
"Those are the nine that are recruiting me the most that I can see myself at but if something opens my eyes I can talk about that, too," Banner said.
Rivals.com rates Banner seventh at offensive tackle and No. 31 overall in the 2012 class. The Lakes standout said he and Garnett are seriously thinking about playing together in college and Garnett is expected to narrow down his list by Wednesday.
Next up for Banner is a stop at the B2G Elite Camp later this week and then he's supposed to participate in The Opening in Oregon. That allows him little time to consider recruiting so that will be pushed back until after his senior season.
Banner said he'll have a top five sometime before the end of the year and then will take all of his trips before making his decision.
"I'm going to narrow it down to a top five in December and then I'm going to take all five of my visits," Banner said.