Four-star all-purpose back Ricky Seale of Escondido, Calif., has spent most of the summer working on summer school and getting ready for his senior season.
That focus has kept him away from most college camps and other events, but it's not stopped him from thinking hard about the recruiting process and what schools have caught his interest the most.
"I'll be done this week with summer school, and then I should be visiting a couple schools that I'm thinking about going to," Seal, who is 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, said. "I was actually at USC's passing camp a week ago, a seven-on-seven tournament they had. I was all right. We lost every game, but I think I did pretty well out there.
"Cal, Stanford, UCLA, I think Washington and Oregon are some places I want to see. I'm going to try and see what I can get before I make my final decision."
With offers from Cal, Stanford, Arizona, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State, Seale said he is thinking more and more about making an early decision.
"Yeah, I've changed my mind and I want to make a decision before my season starts," Seale said. "I was thinking about it a lot, and I'm not really one to change my mind about too much stuff. I think it would be easier to do it now than later."
And at this point that decision looks to be coming between two bitter Bay Area rivals.
"I'd probably say Stanford and Cal," Seale said when asked who were his top two schools.
"The thing I like about Stanford is if I don't make it to the NFL, I'm pretty much set for life with academics. I can get whatever job I want just by going to Stanford. They have a great coaching staff over there, too. I like coach Willie Taggart, their running backs coach.
"With Cal, I just like the fact that they've had so many great running backs come out of there, and I'm pretty sure I want to play running back in college. I think if I want to go to the NFL, that'd be a great place to learn what I'd need to do to get there."
Seale said he doesn't plan to commit when he's one of those campus visits soon, but hopefully will find the right feeling while he's there.
"Yeah, I'm just hoping I go to one of those two schools and it feels like I'm at home," he said. "I'm probably going to come back home and think about it for a week or a week and a half and then decide.
"I'll either go this week or the week after that. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go to Stanford first and then come back for Cal. I'm still going to check out all those schools, but those two are probably the two I'm looking at, unless I find something at one of the other schools that I like."