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Shittu to slow down recruitment

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Looking back, Aziz Shittu now admits maybe he made his commitment to Stanford a little early and probably should've waited out the recruiting process a little longer.
The Atwater (Calif.) Buhach defensive tackle now says he'll probably wait until January or February to make his decision and that Stanford, Cal, Arizona, USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Washington are some of his favorites.
"I'm the type of person that has to go through everything," said Shittu, who plans to take all five official visits. "I probably should have waited a little bit but it is what it is."
Shittu, a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, said he wants to take some trips during his senior season but the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect will also reserve a few visits until the final months before National Signing Day.
"I'm going to focus on recruiting a little bit during the season because I'm going to take a couple of my officials, probably two or three, and then in January I'll take some," Shittu said.
"I'm looking to see how teams are doing on TV and how their d-lines are doing because I don't want to be a block taker. I want to make some plays."
Rivals.com rates Shittu as the third-best defensive tackle and No. 12 in the 2012 class. Recently at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., Shittu roomed with fellow five-star Ellis McCarthy and the two apparently hit it off.
Shittu said he's seriously considering playing with McCarthy in college but cautioned that he gets excited about every team and every opportunity so nothing is for sure in his recruitment yet.
"We talk all the time and saying we want to go to the same school but I say that a lot," Shittu said of McCarthy. "He and I are really cool. We don't talk about where we're ranked. I didn't really know him before (the camp).
"The whole time I've been there I say I'm going to every school in the country. If I see a TCU jersey I say I'm going to TCU. It's all fun and games right now. Ellis and I are probably serious but it all depends on what system. He'd be a great guy to have on the side of me."
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