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Canes, Bruins, Gamecocks on top for 2015 DB

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Even though his offer list is seemingly growing by the day, class of 2015 three-star Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage defensive back Rashard Causey still has three schools at the top of his list.
"I'm really liking Miami, South Carolina and UCLA," Causey said. "Since the dead period ended, I've been talking with all three of them and with UCF."
Like most players who live in South Florida, Causey said the idea of staying close to home and playing for the Hurricanes is a very attractive option.
"That's my backyard school," he said. "I grew up a Miami fan and I'll always love Miami. I just feel like I'll have an opportunity to come there as a freshman and make a big impact."
Causey said with the way things are shaping up with the Hurricanes' depth chart and current recruiting class, he really sees an opening for him in 2015.
"With guys leaving the area it gives me the option to go in and get a chance to earn early time," he said. "That's something that's really intriguing."
Causey has already visited Miami before, but expects to be back on campus this weekend.
"I'm going to the basketball game against Syracuse on Saturday and then going back against on Sunday for junior day," he said.
When it comes to the Gamecocks, Causey already has a connection with South Carolina freshman and South Florida native Skai Moore.
"I love South Carolina," he said. "I went up there in July and visited my best friend Skai and I just felt like I was at home up there. I love the coaching staff. Coach Steve Spurrier is cool and I love coach (Grady) Brown. I feel like I can really make a big impact at that school because they're low on defensive back depth."
The idea of playing in the SEC is also something that appeals to Causey.
"It's the SEC, the best of the best and it's proven," Causey said. "Most of my offers are from SEC schools so I can have an impact on that conference."
The school farthest from home is one that has really caught Causey's eye.
"I've been looking forward to a UCLA trip since last year when I got the offer," he said. "I'm going to go out there in mid-June for like a week and check it out."
Part of the reason the Bruins have stayed in the picture is the relationship he has with defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin.
"Coach Martin said he really likes me and he's only allowed to get three defensive backs out of the whole country and I'm guessing he really wants me because I talk to him every day," Causey said. "I call him all the time. I like his coaching style and he's a cool dude. He's one of the first coaches I developed a relationship with."
Woody Wommack is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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