Tampa (Fla.) Sickles linebacker Josh Black is in the process of scheduling official visits over the next couple of months. The three schools at the top of his wish list include Arizona, Marshall, and Toledo.
This fall he has yet to visit any schools because of his schedule. Black tried to make it to Iowa State at one point, but that trip fell through. Two weeks ago he was scheduled to visit Marshall and that trip was postponed until November 29 when the Thundering Herd host East Carolina.
On December 6 he will head to Ohio to see the Toledo Rockets. His first trip may be the biggest for him as he is planning to visit Arizona when the Wildcats host Oregon. Black says Arizona is sticking out right now despite the distance from home.
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"It wouldn't bother me if I had to leave," stated Black. "Assistant coach Rod Smith is recruiting me. We have a good relationship and he is a great coach. He seems pretty cool when we talk on the phone. I feel like there is a connection there and I would do well there."
On Friday, the Sickles star helped his team win their opening round playoff game, 17-10, over Plant City (Fla.). Next week could be a big weekend with his second round match-up and a trip to Tucson.
"They are doing pretty good, they've had a tough schedule," noted Black. "They are bowl eligible this year. They are turning around the program and making them tough to stop."
As a kid he was a fan of USC because of guys like Reggie Bush and Troy Polamalu. He says he would enjoy an opportunity to play in the same conference as his childhood favorite.
"I like competition, so I want to play against good teams as well," remarked Black. "I feel like I rise to the occasion when I play good teams."
Marshall has done a nice job recruiting him according to the three-star linebacker. He cites his relationship with assistant coach Adam Fuller as a big reason why he is considering the Thundering Herd along with guys like Randy Moss and Chad Pennington.
Black said he has the grade point average he needs, but he has to improve his test score for some of the schools that are recruiting him.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.