Desmond Harrison is still inching his way toward a decision. The Contra Costa Community College offensive lineman had previously narrowed his list down to four schools. And now, just a few weeks before he intends to make his choice, his options seem to have been further limited.
This time, the list trimming wasn't by choice.
"I haven't heard anything from USC is a while, so I don't know what happened," Harrison said on Tuesday. "I like them a lot. I like the offense. I just haven't heard a thing from them lately, so … "
The Trojans had previously helped round out the list of finalists to land Harrison's commitment. But with Lane Kiffin's program possibly out of the mix, it leaves just three schools standing. Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona State will come down the stretch as the frontrunners of a race that is already in its final lap
"I'm going to pick sometime in the next two weeks," Harrison said. "I'm not sure on what exact day yet, just sometime in the next two weeks."
Harrison says that none of his three finalists have created significant separation from the other two as of now. He declines to name a favorite. The decision on his plate is an important one, and he's treating it as such. For now the best he can do is rattle off the things he likes about each option.
"Oklahoma, it's the opportunity for me to come in right away and play," Harrison said. "I feel like I fit the offense."
The words he uses to describe Texas aren't much different than the ones he spoke about the Longhorns'' chief rival.
"It's another opportunity for me to just go in there and play and have them run the ball a lot," he said. "I like the coaches. The coaches there have a good relationship."
The hook on Arizona State is a little different, though. For Harrison, the Sun Devils bring familiarity. It's a draw the importance of which can't be overstated.
"I'd be with my boys down there at Arizona State" Harrison said. "My teammate Demetrius Cherry committed there. So did Eriquel Florence. Those are my boys. We all visited together and everything like that. We talk about it, you know."
Harrison claims 19 scholarship offers in total. His final official visit came to USC in mid December. He says he doesn't know whether or not Trojan coaches intend to reach back out before his impending decision.