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Rios more focused on select group

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Notre Dame is the latest offer for Marcus Rios who continues to look at all programs but is starting to narrow his focus on a few favorites.
The offer from the Irish is big for the Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks cornerback who also has UCLA, Nebraska, Cal and Oregon as some other top teams.
"It is based on having the ACT score for him to get into the school," Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes said of the Notre Dame offer. "He took it last Saturday so we'll have to wait on the scores. We'll see what those test scores look like.
"It's exciting for a young man to have the opportunities. We're talking about Nebraska and UCLA and Oregon was in recently and Notre Dame and all the others of course, too. The scope of national prestige and national recognition Notre Dame holds is in high esteem and Marcus recognizes that, too."
The former Boise State commit continues to see more programs getting involved but the four-star is also trying to make a decision that he could announce at the Offense-Defense Bowl in a few weeks.
One difficult part about his recruitment is that he's trying to narrow down his list as more teams jump on board but Gomes said Rios has started to focus on a select group as he gets closer to decision time.
"He's narrowing it down," Gomes said. "He's got his focus on the schools that he feels are important academically, football-wise, social life, all the things we coach him up to know what's important."
UCLA, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Cal and Oregon top that list for Rios, rated No. 20 at cornerback and No. 244 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com. If Rios isn't ready to make his commitment at the Offense-Defense Bowl he could delay.
The four-star still has two official visits that he could take at any time.
"He has plans to announce it on national TV at the Offense-Defense Bowl," Gomes said. "That's a tentative plan. If he's not ready at that point it may be later."
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