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Down to five, Scarlett ready for visits

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Cameron Scarlett has narrowed his extensive list to five schools, and the next step will be to start scheduling those all-important official visits.
The four-star running back from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic said he wants to take all five trips early in the season so he can have a decision made during his senior campaign. That means September and early October should be pretty busy, but Scarlett is looking forward to the opportunities.
Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington are the five schools that made Scarlett's cut.
"That's the plan," Scarlett said. "I'm going to take my official visits to all those schools and then decide hopefully in mid-October to early November. I'm going to take the visits right at the start to get them out of the way."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound all-purpose back said cutting down his list is definitely a stress reliever even if the toughest part - picking one school - is still ahead of him.
Rated as the eighth-best all-purpose back in the 2015 class by Rivals.com, Scarlett said his official visits will play a big role in determining which school stands out most. At this point, and especially because he just cut his list, all five are about even.
"It definitely takes some of the stress off me," Scarlett said. "Cutting it down to five was really hard. Cutting it down to one is even that much harder. It's good so I can focus on the five I know are best for me and I feel like those five that I picked, one of them will be the one that I choose.
"They're really all even. The official visits are going to be really big to see how they perform and how they prepare for the games."
Scarlett has not looked at game schedules yet, but that's the plan for this week. He will figure out where he's headed early in the season and then by the playoffs, the four-star should be prepared to announce his decision.
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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