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Carlisle closing in on final decision

Sunnyvale (Calif.) Kings Academy running back Amir Carlisle enjoyed his week at the Under Armour All-American Game, where he played wide receiver a majority of the time. Despite the outcome of a game that saw his White Team lose on a last second field goal following a penalty after the initial field goal attempt was blocked, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound back was glad he participated in the event.
"It was an exciting game, an exhilarating game that went down to the wire," Carlisle said. "We got the block but it didn't go our way. We gave our all. It is disappointing. But we still had fun, it is an all-star game, a great experience."
More than anything, the Rivals100 prospect enjoyed testing his abilities against a plethora of future collegiate athletes.
"Playing against the best day-in and day-out, it was great," Carlisle said. "I can't wait until I get to the next level."
Speaking of the next level, at this time Carlisle is expected to attend a school just down the road but two programs are trying to change his mind.
"I am a Stanford commitment," Carlisle said. "I am committed but I have been looking at Notre Dame and USC. We will see how that goes. I will be making my final decision on January 15th so I am just putting a lot of prayer and talking it over with my family. Hopefully I can get to that decision soon and I will be happy to get it over with."
Carlisle has previously taken official visits to Notre Dame and USC. He has yet to take an official to Stanford, but cited that he lives right down the road and has been there a lot of times.
The sports headlines have been saturated with news of Jim Harbaugh departing Palo Alto for another job in recent days. Carlisle was asked what it would mean if Harbaugh was to take a different job.
"I am going to Stanford for the academics but Coach Harbaugh plays a significant factor in the decision," Carlisle said. "We will see what he decides to do and we will go from there."
Carlisle had an eight-yard reception in the game.
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