The plan for Ryan McDaniel is to visit Arizona State during his bye week and since the Sun Devils lead for the Torrance (Calif.) North running back/linebacker it could be an important trip to Tempe.
McDaniel, a 6-foot, 226-pound prospect who looked good at the B2G Elite Camp this summer, said Arizona State is still his favorite but he'd also like to take official visits to Washington and possibly Arizona and Boise State before making his decision. He said Arizona has really stepped up its efforts recently.
"They're out in front," McDaniel said of the Sun Devils. "They have great coaches, it looks like they're an up-and-coming program and it looks like I could get a lot of playing time if I go there."
USC and UCLA are also recruiting the three-star prospect who's rated No. 27 at running back in the 2012 class and No. 47 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
However, he doesn't envision an official visit to either local school because both are so close. He has taken unofficial visits to both places.
"I don't think so because they're right down the street but if I have some visits left over then I could take one to those schools," McDaniel said.
The trip to Arizona State will probably happen during the weekend of Sept. 30 when the Sun Devils host Oregon State since that is McDaniel's bye week. ASU was first looking at McDaniel to play linebacker but now the coaching staff is also considering running back.
McDaniel, who said he had an early top three of Arizona State, UCLA and Washington this summer at the B2G Camp, is also strongly considering an official visit with the Huskies. They like him mainly at running back.
"They're still recruiting me hard," McDaniel said.
Torrance North opens its season Friday night at Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union and McDaniel will find himself in the comfortable spot of playing both ways.
"I've been doing it all my life so, yeah, I'm looking forward to it," he said.