Brandon Arnold has some important official visits in the planning stages and then after those trips the Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive back could be ready to make his decision.
Cal and Michigan State hold a slight edge over Oregon State but Arnold said that gap is closing since the Beavers are playing so well.
The 6-foot, 183-pound three-star prospect plans to visit Michigan State on Nov. 3 for its matchup against Nebraska and then take a trip to Oregon State on Nov. 17 when it hosts Cal.
An official to see the Golden Bears is trying to be worked out but Arnold said he's not sure if it will happen. He's already been to Berkeley so he's grown familiar with that campus.
"I'll probably wait a little bit longer after those visits and then I'll make my decision," Arnold said.
"I've kind of liked Oregon State and they're creeping up because they're doing so well and I've talked a lot with their coaching staff so they're getting back up there toward the top."
Cal and Michigan State have long been the two favorites for Arnold, rated as the No. 40 safety in the 2013 class and No. 48 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
In recent months, though, Oregon State has inched up his list and taking an official visit there could be an important step in Arnold's decision-making process.
The visits will be crucial as the Encino Crespi standout weighs his options.
"I'm pretty excited for them," Arnold said. "I'm staying humble about it and just waiting to see what's going to happen."