Malik Cyphers will only be a sophomore this season but the 5-foot-8 cornerback has already picked up an early verbal offer from SMU and lists a school in the Pac-10 as his favorite.
Cyphers, who's expected to transfer from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne to Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, said Cal is on top early on because he'd like to follow in the footsteps of former Narbonne standout Nnamdi Asomugha.
"There are a lot of options out there," Cyphers said last week at the Big Man on Campus Under the Lights 7-on-7 Tournament.
"College-wise I have a lot to think about. My favorite is the Cal Golden Bears. Just following in the footsteps of (Asomugha) and going to Cal, it's a great academic school, and just one of my favorite schools."
Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon and other Pac-10 schools are already showing interest in Cyphers, who said he's learning more about SMU because the Mustangs have already offered but he plans to stay open because it's so early in his high school career.
"Early on I'm just going to wait it out and see," Cyphers said. "I'm just going to keep playing my game and hopefully I can get some more. It's a blessing I got one offer.
"It was surprising and exciting. I didn't expect it to happen this early in my career but when it happened it got me more energized and boosted my game to hopefully get even more."
What helps is that Cyphers plays in 7-on-7 tournaments with the 1925 All-Stars, which is loaded with Division I talent like Jordan Payton, Bryce Treggs, Randall Goforth, Richard Smith and many others.
Cyphers leans on those guys for information about the recruiting process and what he should expect going forward.
"I talk to them just to get some information so when it's my time to go I know what to expect, some questions to ask and what visits are like," Cyphers said.