Chris Santini hit the road recently to visit seven schools and form a few opinions about what he liked and disliked on the recruiting trail. The San Jose (Calif.) Leland safety saw a lot of places and was especially impressed by Boise State.
"I liked Boise a lot," Santini said. "The coaches were all pretty nice and they knew what was going on with me and where they wanted me. I got a lot of one-on-one time with coach (Chris) Petersen so I got to talk with him a lot. They were really crisp in the scrimmage so that was good.
"It's just really exciting to get recruited by them. I wasn't expecting anything like that last year, for how big they are to offer me. It's pretty cool."
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Sitting down with Petersen was an important factor for Santini, who also visited Cal Poly, Sacramento State, UC-Davis, Fresno State, Nevada and San Jose State during his road trip. Petersen left a big impression on Santini and it might go a long way in his decision-making process.
"He seemed to care a lot about his players and making sure it's the right fit for them and when they come in it's the right place for them and a place where they can succeed," Santini said.
Boise State, Army, Cal Poly, Oregon State, San Jose State and UC-Davis have already offered Santini, who starred at the recent Los Angeles Under Armour Combine. He was also named the overall MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine in Fresno this past weekend.
With some more trips and camps coming up, Santini said he plans to hold off on making his decision but that he wants to get it done before his senior year. He's going to visit Oregon State in mid-June and try to camp at Oregon and UCLA.
"I'm going to wait to make my decision," Santini said. "I'll do it sometime before the season. I want to take some visits and do a few camps before I make my commitment."