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Rigsbee has three favorite schools

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Jordan Rigsbee has three early favorites and the Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley offensive lineman plans to visit two of his three top schools in April to further figure out which program fits best.
He has already visited California - his newest offer - for a recent junior day and his brother, Tyler, plays in Berkeley so there is familiarity there. Rigsbee, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect, will take trips to Oregon and Boise State as well. Those are his three top teams at this point.
"My trip to Berkeley went real well," Rigsbee said. "I really enjoyed seeing the construction site where they were going to build their new weight room and stuff like that and I really like (offensive line) coach (Steve) Marshall.
"He was a real personable guy and easy to talk to. It didn't seem like you were talking to some big coach. Coach (Jeff) Tedford was a really good guy so that was good, too."
Even though his brother plays at Cal and has enjoyed his experience so far, Rigsbee said he's not a lock for the Golden Bears although it certainly doesn't hurt that he has family already on campus. He's still going to explore his options and make what he feels is the best decision.
"That's not really going to be a deciding factor because even if I do go there he's only going to be there for two years and I really have to go with which school fits me best," Rigsbee said.
"I'm not going to make my decision on where he is although he really likes it there. We get along great but I have to make my decision and what's best for me."
Rigsbee plans to visit Oregon early next month. He's already been to Eugene but wants to make a return trip so he can take a closer look at what coach Chip Kelly's program has to offer.
"I went there and it's a really nice town," Rigsbee said. "It's a lot like Chico where I live and they have really nice facilities. Just what the town is like and they win because I don't want to go somewhere where they lose."
Boise State might be considered a surprise pick but Rigsbee likes the coaching staff and said it just seems like a fun place to play. The Broncos' recent success could play a big factor in his decision.
"Boise State is a great team and they're winning all their games," Rigsbee said. "I'm going down there the 27th of April. Their coaching staff seems like they'd be fun to play for. They have some guts behind their play-calling. It seems like a fun place to play.
"The only thing Boise has that's bad is that they're in the WAC. That's probably the major thing but everything else seems great. Boise is a nice area. It's a great place."
Rigsbee's top three is set for now and he said Washington and Arizona are in contention for the fourth spot. UCLA and Colorado have shown interest but haven't offered yet.
Duke has also offered but distance could be a factor for Rigsbee, who said he would prefer to play somewhere on the West Coast.
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