Claude Pelon isn't much for mystery. Want to know what he's thinking when it comes to recruitment? Ask him. He'll tell you. The Mesa (Ariz.) defensive tackle holds 15 scholarship offers, but he's not really into pretending that all of them hold equal weight.
He hasn't trimmed his list, per se. But that doesn't mean he's without frontrunners. He tosses those on the table without pause. He sees absolutely no reason to hide his take.
And so that's that. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Pelon will visit his two favorites in short order. He's currently in the process of working out a date to tour Nebraska on an official visit, but a trip to Washington has already been scheduled for Oct. 12.
The Huskers and Huskies lead the pack. There's no disputing that, but they won't be the only two programs to get visits. Other programs will certainly have their chance.
"Possibly Wisconsin and Baylor," Pelon said of other school he intends to visit. "Those two possibly. It depends what happens."
When Pelon says "it depends what happens," the four-star prospect is almost certainly referencing new recruiting interest from Texas and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders and Longhorns have entered his recruitment recently. Neither has extended a scholarship offer, but things seem to be progressing toward that result.
"Texas Tech is trying to make a move," Pelon said. "Texas is trying to make a move. They've talked to me and talked to my coach. With Texas, that's Texas. Texas is all about defense."
A decision isn't expected until late in the season, if not after the final game. Pelon, who is originally from Florida, says his timetable depends on how many visits he is able to squeeze in this fall. The one thing that is set in stone, though, is the checklist he'll use when making his choice.
"I want to be able to graduate and coaches that have worked with junior college players in the past and a staff that is going to let me dominate," Pelon said.