For the past few months, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall offensive guard Matt Carufel has been trying to reduce his list to a final five teams before the season started. He's been giving hints here and there on the teams that would make the cut. Now after careful consideration Carufel says he has his final teams.
"I've narrowed my teams down to a top five," he said.
"Iowa (Lester Erb), Minnesota, Notre Dame (Rob Ianello), Florida (John Hevesy), and Miami (Art Kehoe) are the final teams on my list. I called all of those schools, except Minnesota, and let them know they're my top five schools."
And with the final five come official visits and quite a few have been scheduled for the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder that is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in Minnesota and the No. 58 player overall.
"I scheduled a visit for Notre Dame to see the USC game in South Bend, and I'm trying to set up a visit to see Iowa play Michigan," Carufel said. "I'll see Florida play either Tennessee or Florida State, and I'll probably make it to Miami after the season some time."
When it comes to talking to coaches, Carufel said he's gotten to know quite a few of the coaches, but he's built a special relationship with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
"I love talking to Kirk Ferentz," Carufel said. "He's such a nice guy to talk to and so easy to talk to. He's such a big figure, but you don't feel like your talking to some big shot when you're on the phone with him."
The decision – even though it looks to be still a ways off – is starting to weigh on him already.
"I feel like all the schools I have are very similar," Carufel said. "They all have great academics and they're terrific schools. What it comes down to is my relationship with the coaches and my overall feel with the school.
"This decision is a big thing. It will change the rest of my life so I need to wait until I know where I want to go for sure before I make the decision. So I want to take as much time as I need so I can make the best decision for me."