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Four-star running back to visit USC

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Four-star running back Amir Carlisle is committed to Stanford but the Sunnyvale (Calif.) Kings Academy prospect plans to take officials visits starting this weekend with a trip to USC for its home opener against Virginia.
"He went down to USC's camp and he had an outstanding camp down there," said his father, Duane Carlisle, the San Francisco 49ers'head strength and conditioning coach. "They offered him and he decided that was one of the places he wanted to take a trip to.
"Anytime you have the USC football tradition and Amir wants to act and he also has interest in business. Their acting program is No. 1 in the country and their business program is also one of the top in the country. Anytime you have that opportunity you want to at least investigate it."
Rivals.com rates Carlisle, a shifty and elusive 5-foot-10, 181-pound prospect, No. 11 at running back, No. 99 nationally and No. 16 in the California state rankings.
He finished with 211 rushing yards in a 41-6 win against San Jose (Calif.) Evergreen Valley this past weekend after suffering a concussion this summer. Kings Academy hosts Cupertino (Calif.) Homestead Thursday.
USC is the only official visit scheduled at this point other than a planned trip to Stanford, where Carlisle committed in late June.
There are also preliminary plans to visit Maryland - where Duane Carlisle attended college - and there is a possibility Carlisle will visit Notre Dame as well. A fifth official visit is still being considered.
It is no surprise that Carlisle, arguably the top running back at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp along with the Cal summer camp and other places, is taking visits.
He has been upfront about his interest in seeing other places and has made no secret that he doesn't want to shut down his options while staying committed to the Cardinal.
His official visit schedule starts this weekend with a trip to USC. There will be a few other stops along the way for Carlisle to see what other schools have to offer before he finalizes things on National Signing Day.
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