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Five-star considers Texas AM trip

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Although there aren't any major changes in Aziz Shittu's recruitment the five-star defensive tackle from Atwater (Calif.) Buhach did recently take unofficial visits to two Pac-12 schools and is planning his first official trip too.
Shittu, rated third at defensive tackle and in the California state rankings and No. 12 overall by Rivals.com, recently went to Stanford and Cal to watch practice and said he's planning an official visit to Texas A&M in late September for its matchup against Oklahoma State.
The trips to Stanford, where Shittu had been committed, and Cal both went well and possibly more importantly the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect said he saw opportunities to contribute at both places.
"I went to (Stanford's) practice and I saw a lot of intensity," Shittu said. "That was the first day they could hit and they were hitting. I loved their pass rush and they were getting after it. I saw a lot of opportunity too to come in and help out. All the coaches there are great guys.
"Cal was real good. They were very up-tempo and coach (Tosh) Lupoi was out there. I like him as a defensive coach and the whole environment was really good. They moved a couple guys on the d-line so there is opportunity there, too."
Shittu, who shined at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp this spring but didn't gain as much traction late in the summer at The Opening, said he could play defensive end in a 3-4 defense or defensive tackle in a 4-3. That versatility makes Shittu an attractive prospect to many top colleges.
Auburn, Boston College, Cal, Nebraska, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington are some of the programs being strongly considered by Shittu, who admits he's still open to all teams.
That pending trip to College Station could play a big factor moving forward.
"I'm considering a Texas A&M visit coming up on September 24," Shittu said. "I want to see how everything goes and what's going on with them."
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