Connor Humphreys has narrowed his list to five contenders and the four-star defensive end, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in Oregon, will make his commitment next Saturday.
Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin are the five remaining schools for Humphreys, a 6-foot-3, 257-pound recruit from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic who shined at the Rivals Camp Series in Los Angeles this spring.
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"With USC, they have a great campus and they're known for putting guys in the NFL which is something that I want to be when I grow up is an NFL athlete," Humphreys said. "UCLA is kind of the same. It has a great campus and great coaches. At UCLA, you have great academics also, so that's big for me."
Humphreys, rated as the seventh-best strong-side defensive end in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, recently returned from trips to Arizona State and Wisconsin. Both programs definitely impressed him and will be seriously considered through the next week.
"Arizona State, I did my own research, and I found out Arizona State was first in the country with tackles for loss and second in sacks, so that means it's a great defense and if I went there I'd be able to play early, which is something I have to think about," Humphreys said."At Wisconsin, everywhere we went in Madison, we were on campus and I feel like it's such a great city to live in and a great school to play football for. The Big 10 is a great conference and you play powerhouses like Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, so you're playing big schools."
Oregon State, the local school, remains in the running as well. The Portland Central Catholic standout was in Corvallis earlier this week to check out the program and he liked it a lot. Plus, there are family connections there that might play an influence.
"With Oregon State, it's right down the road," Humphreys said. "I made another visit just a couple days ago to watch them practice and I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and meet a lot of players. A lot of my family is Oregon State Beavers so I'm definitely hearing it from them."
One school that had been highly considered throughout Humphreys' recruitment but did not make the cut was Tennessee. The four-star said after talking things over with his family and coaches, they all decided it wasn't going to work out in Knoxville.
The next step for Humphreys is to consider his five and then make a decision. With a week to go, Humphreys is almost there but still needs some time to stew over things.
"I think I have the one or two I'm going to pick from," Humphreys said. "It's probably 80 percent one school and 20 percent another so I'm pretty close but I'm not 100 percent there yet.
"Next week I'm going to take some more time and talk to some coaches and my family. It's going to be a family decision. It's not just going to be my decision."
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