Northwestern had been the favorite for Paul Perkins but after UCLA offered recently the Chandler, Ariz., athlete said he's going to take his time, do his research, take some visits and then reach his decision.
"I'm not really sure about a leader," Perkins said. "I still have to do more research on these schools."
The next couple months will be crucial for Perkins, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect who will visit UCLA this weekend, Fresno State on Dec. 9 and is still working on a date for Northwestern. Other visits could happen as well.
The offer from the Bruins, who signed Chandler quarterback Brett Hundley last recruiting cycle, came as a surprise to Perkins because he hadn't talked much at all with UCLA's staff.
Still, it's a big Pac-12 offer for Perkins and he said he's excited to meet with the coaches and see the campus this weekend.
"It was cool," Perkins said. "I guess the coach said that it will attract a lot more schools so that's exciting.
"That was the first time I talked to them. It's a nice school. I want to see the campus and see the students."
In all, Perkins has offers from Air Force, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Northwestern, UCLA and Wyoming. Every school except Colorado is recruiting him to play running back.
This season Perkins finished with 1,297 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns as a running back. Chandler's season came to an end last weekend in the playoffs against Chandler Hamilton.
As for decision time, Perkins doesn't have anything set yet but because he's running track so things could be delayed for a while.
"I think I'll take some time because I have track," Perkins said. "I'll probably make a decision in the middle of track season or after track."