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Shittu claims Pac-12 favorite

Aziz Shittu continues to pile up offers - his latest coming on Wednesday from Washington - and the Atwater (Calif.) Buhach defensive tackle said one Pac-12 school is starting to move to the forefront.
All nine programs that have offered are still in the running for Shittu, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound prospect, but he said Stanford has a slight edge over the others and he will visit with the Cardinal later this month.
There is no promise that Shittu will commit during that trip but Stanford is currently in a good position with the Northern California standout who lives about two hours from the Palo Alto campus.
"Right now, I'm going to sit back just to see what happens and take a couple trips to see what's out there and visit a couple schools," Shittu said. "Then I'll see what I want to do after I see some schools. I would say it's 60/40 right now - 60 committing and 40 waiting it out.
"They're all pretty even but the favorite is probably Stanford right now. I just want to see how my fit is, how I'm fitting with the team, how my relationship is with those guys. The school basically sells itself and now I want to see if I fit in."
Washington and UCLA are also under strong consideration. The Huskies are Shittu's newest offer and he said the coaching staff at Washington stands out. UCLA has been a longtime favorite so the Bruins are also being seriously considered.
But Stanford has a slight lead over every other school and Shittu's visit for the Cardinal junior day could play a big factor in his decision-making process.
"If I see it and my parents like it and if my family likes it I wouldn't see a problem with committing," Shittu said.
"It's going to be a feel thing. If I feel like it's right and where I need to be then why not? They're the favorite right now."
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