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Lazarus seeing Pac-12 attention

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Michael Lazarus has heard sporadic recruiting news early in the spring recruiting cycle but one school that has stayed consistently involved with the Berkeley, Calif., linebacker is the hometown team.
Cal has already offered the 6-foot-2, 201-pound linebacker who looked good at the Rivals Camp in Los Angeles and Lazarus said he's hoping to head over to campus again soon to check out the program even further.
"It's been a little slow but it's starting to pick up," Lazarus said. "Cal stopped by my school Thursday to check in with me.
"I'm enjoying Cal. I like the way they do things. The program is looking good. The coaches that are there are really nice. I'm hoping to get down there again sometime soon to visit. I haven't been there in a minute."
Washington State has also offered the Berkeley standout and he said he likes how aggressive the coaching staff has been recruiting him.
Linebackers coach Ken Wilson has been the most active and Lazarus said they've been pushing for a commitment but with so many things happening in his recruitment he doesn't want to rush his choice.
"I've been talking more to Washington, Washington State a lot more and (that staff) has been trying to get at me and they want me to commit there so they've been really on me," Lazarus said.
The three-star linebacker is hopeful things could pick up even more soon.
Lazarus will join El Cerrito teammates Derik Calhoun and Adarius Pickett along with Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon this weekend on unofficial visits to UCLA and USC.
Utah State is also getting more involved with Lazarus and he said he's hopeful an offer from Washington could be close.
"I'm really hoping that offer comes in soon," Lazarus said.
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