Tampa (Fla.) Plant four-star offensive tackle Richy Klepal has seen his offer list grow to nearly two-dozen schools since the spring began. In a couple of weeks when the helmets and shoulder pads come off, the Sunshine State prospect plans to sit down and whittle things down to a more manageable number.
"I have spoken with (Plant) Coach (Robert) Weiner a fair amount about how the whole process is going to go," Klepal said. "What we are going to do, we are going to have a couple of meetings. The first one is just going to be me sitting down with him and narrowing it down to probably about 10. Then the second meeting is going to be with my parents too and we will go and take a look individually at those 10 and try to possibly narrow it down a little bit more and make about five or six trips this summer."
At this point in the process, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman says that three schools have solidified themselves with regards to making the cut.
"I would definitely say Florida State, Miami, and Southern Cal are definitely are definitely top contenders," Klepal said.
He talked about what makes the two in-state programs stand out.
"Really with both Florida State and Miami, they are just overall great programs," Klepal said. "They are a couple of my favorite Florida schools that I've liked growing up. Also, if I went to either of those I wouldn't be too far from home."
As for the Trojans, their success at producing NFL players is part of the reason why he is interested in Lane Kiffin's program.
"Southern Cal has great tradition," Klepal said. "The amount of success that many players have had going through that program, you can't argue that it isn't a top of the line program."
At this point in the process, Klepal doesn't claim a frontrunner.
"I don't have a leader right now," Klepal said. "I think I am going to just wait until summer when I get my visits in. Then I will just decide. I want to make a decision before my senior season."
The Rivals250 offensive lineman says that the process has become a bit overwhelming at times with increased interest in his services.
"There are a lot of aspects that are really neat, that I enjoy, but a lot of it is also really stressful," Klepal said. "I kind of feel like I am being yanked in a million different directions. I do like it and it is an experience I want to savor but I will be happy when it is over."
According to Klepal, a majority of schools recruiting him have said he will play offensive tackle. Some, like Miami, have mentioned using him on the interior of the offensive line.