Brandon Fanaika said Utah is really standing out in his recruitment especially after a recent visit to campus but the four-star offensive guard from Pleasant Grove, Utah, still wants to take some official visits before making his decision and two other Pac-12 schools look good as well.
The Utes are in good shape though and could be tough to beat especially since Fanaika, one of the top offensive linemen at the recent B2G Elite Camp, wants to graduate from high school early.
"I took my parents up there and we had a good talk with the coaches," Fanaika said. "For me, I'm really just trying to narrow it down right now. Utah is definitely up there.
"(Assistant coach) Jay Hill was going over my school stuff and he said if I wanted to go there I could graduate early (from high school) and he told me and my mom that he went over my schedule and my credits and it seemed like they cared and they really wanted me up there."
The two other programs really standing out to the 6-foot-3, 293-pound recruit are UCLA and Stanford but Fanaika said he wants to schedule all five official visits before making his commitment. Utah, UCLA and Stanford will definitely get trips and then Fanaika will figure out the other two later.
So far, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Utah State and Washington have offered the four-star recruit.
"I'm definitely going to take all five of my visits and see what's out there and then make a decision from there," Fanaika said. "I'm kind of planning for December or January.
"The education aspect of it looking at UCLA, all the buildings they have and looking at Stanford they have a top-notch education. Education is really big so those three schools stand out. Those three will get official visits and I'll choose the other two basing it on more of the football aspect and the team."
Rivals.com rates Fanaika as the fifth-best offensive guard and No. 202 in the 2012 class.