Stanford, Oregon and Nebraska stand out most to Lake Koa-Ka'ai and the Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha School defensive end could be close to making a decision.
The three-star prospect visited Stanford this past weekend and came away thoroughly impressed with the new coaching staff and their message. New coach David Shaw said not much will change with the Cardinal and Koa-Ka'ai was happy to hear it.
"I had a lot of fun on the trip," Koa-Ka'ai said. "I got to talk to some of the new coaches especially coach Shaw. At Stanford, pretty much everything stands out. I don't think they have enough time during the official visit weekend to showcase everything they have to offer there.
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"Pretty much nothing is going to change. He was on the staff before and he was a big element to why they were so successful this year so I really don't think the team is going to skip a beat next year.
"At first I was skeptical because I didn't know much about coach Shaw but after this weekend there were some reassurances that made me pretty comfortable with the place."
Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon and Stanford make up a top five for Koa-Ka'ai, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect who's rated as the fourth-best player in Hawaii by Rivals.com.
He is scheduled to visit Colorado this weekend but has felt sick so it is undetermined whether he'll make that trip.
Either way, if he visits or not, Koa-Ka'ai said he should be ready to make a commitment within weeks. It might be delayed until National Signing Day but he's hoping it could get done earlier.
After his visit to Stanford, the Cardinal is definitely in the running. He has also visited Oregon and Nebraska, his other two favorites.
"The people are going to make the difference," Koa-Ka'ai said. "From players in your class, players there currently, coaches, athletic trainers, everybody that surrounds the program. Every school has good facilities but it's the people that make the place."