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Cravens has five favorites

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Su'a Cravens has more offers than any other junior in the West so the Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety decided to name a top five recently with USC, Oklahoma, Stanford, Notre Dame and Arkansas making the cut.
All the other schools that have offered are still being seriously considered by Cravens, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect, but those five stand out most and the 2013 prospect wants to focus on them a little more.
"I'm just waiting until the end of the season and I'm watching how teams play and I'm watching how coaches handle their teams and their records," Cravens said. "I'm getting it to where I feel it's more manageable and right now that's my top five.
"I'm keeping everybody on the list. It's just right now those would be the top five teams that are on my mind right now. With some of the teams it has to do with the coaching staff and with others it has to do with how they're playing right now."
USC stands out mainly because it's a young team that is having lots of success and even though the Trojans have expressed interest in Cravens for offense he has them high on his list.
With Oklahoma, Cravens said he loves the defense and the coaching staff. He also likes that the Sooners heavily recruit California players.
"What I like about USC is they play their young guys, they have a lot of freshmen on their team, they're a young team and they're going to be really good in the future," Cravens said. "I know they'll play the best talent.
"Oklahoma is a big force and I really like the coaching staff up there. They have a great pass defense and they recruit guys from California so I know it's not favoritism for the hometown kid there."
Cravens watched the Stanford-Notre Dame game last weekend and was impressed by both teams, especially the Cardinal who has bounced back after losing to Oregon with wins against Cal and the Irish.
Arkansas stands out mainly because the SEC is so competitive and the Razorbacks put themselves in position to play for the national title before losing to LSU last week.
"Stanford and Notre Dame, they played last week, and it was a good game to watch," Cravens said. "There were a lot of big-time players there and I liked seeing both of those teams. Stanford came back strong after that loss to Oregon.
"With Arkansas, it's really tough to be ranked in the SEC being there with Alabama and LSU. They really impress me a lot."
Other schools that have offered Cravens include Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Hawaii, North Carolina, Pitt, Purdue, UCLA, Utah State and Washington.
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