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OBrien not rushing decision

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Connor O'Brien is taking visits this week and his first stop was at Cal, an eventful trip that landed the Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita three-star safety an offer along the way.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect said the offer was great, he loved Berkeley and he was thoroughly impressed by Cal's new football facilities.
"I'm absolutely pumped about it," O'Brien said. "I just took a visit to the school and it was amazing. I've been to San Francisco before but this was a nice, little college town and the coaches were really nice guys and they had a great facility. It was awesome.
"The part I loved about the facility is that they segregate football from every other sport. They have it mainly for football. We get main priorities in the weight room, we have our own cafeteria. It was state-of-the-art. It's absolutely awesome.
"It's a really, really good feeling. Cal is a school you think about when you're growing up and you'd love an offer from them. It's a dream and then it actually happens. It's just crazy."
Cal joins Colorado, Duke, Oregon State and Washington State on the offer list for O'Brien, who is visiting Oregon and Oregon State this week before heading to Colorado this weekend.
O'Brien, who finished with 92 tackles and eight interceptions in his junior season, has family connections on the Colorado football team - his father and uncle played for the Buffaloes - so that could be crucial as his recruitment moves forward.
The three-star prospect is picking up offers and taking visits but O'Brien does not plan to make a decision in the coming months. The Santa Margarita standout said he intends to take his official visits and then make his choice later on.
"I'm definitely going through the recruiting process," O'Brien said.
"I want to see how many opportunities I can get. I'm going to wait it out until the season, see what offers I can get, I'm going to take all my visits and then whatever school I like most that's where I'm going to go."
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