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Lyerla set for USC visit

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Colt Lyerla is taking his first official visit to USC this weekend but it could be a while before the four-star athlete from Hillsboro, Ore., makes a decision because he plans to take his time and do his homework on all the schools recruiting him.
Hillsboro coach Ken Ingram said Lyerla, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect, will visit with the Trojans this weekend for the Arizona State matchup and will be at UCLA sometime in December but hasn't schedule any other official trips yet.
Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Washington are some of the other programs involved with Lyerla, who'll play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
No leaders have been named and Ingram said Lyerla is slowly moving through the recruiting process and isn't expected to commit anytime soon. For now, he's focused on finishing out his senior season.
"They've been on him as long as anybody," Ingram said of USC. "They've been there. He's still wide open and he's taking his visits to do a lot of information getting. I don't think there is one school ahead of any other right now.
"He wants to make a good decision and he wants to get through football season. We have a bye week this weekend so that's why he's going down there now."
Whether Lyerla plays offense or defense is still up for debate. Many schools like him at linebacker but he's such a gifted athlete that running back is still under consideration.
Rivals.com rates him No. 11 at athlete, No. 84 nationally and first in the Oregon state rankings. Recruiting analyst Barry Every has compared him to former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
"Right now he's got these two scheduled (USC and UCLA) and other than that he's not really sure yet," Ingram said.
"(Position) is still up in the air, too. He can play either offense or defense. He's just trying to find the school where he feels most comfortable."
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