Arizona commit Beau Boyster is planning to visit Nevada early next month and Illinois in early December just to keep his options open as the Wildcats continue their coaching search.
"The (Arizona) AD calls me once every two weeks and some of the coaches want me to take visits because you never know who the head coach is going to be," Boyster said. "He could come in and say he doesn't want me so I have to keep my options open."
Boyster, a three-star center from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, will visit Nevada the weekend of Nov. 5. He has a lot of family in the area and knows Reno well but wants to get a better feel for the football experience that weekend.
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"They were the first school to offer me and then my cousin goes there," Boyster said. "A lot of my family lives in Boulder City and a lot of my cousins and my family friends go to Reno. It's an area I really like. I know the place really well.
"I never had the football experience aspect so I want to see what it's like to be a football player there. They've been contacting me recently and I've been talking to them a lot."
Illinois had not offered Boyster before his commitment to Arizona but the Illini have since gotten involved and the 6-foot-4, 285-pound is at least interested enough to take a visit there.
Boyster said he especially likes how much the coaches have talked with him over the last few weeks.
"It's the only school from that far that has been showing interest," Boyster said. "Before I was committed they hadn't offered and then when I did they had some other offensive linemen so I didn't know if they were still there.
"They said I still have the opportunity to go to school there and they wanted me to come out on a visit and see how I liked it. I guess I could still go there if I want.
"The coaches go over and above to recruit me. They watch some of my games online and they call me after my games. They show a lot of interest and they're doing really well this year. I've never been back East before so it will be interesting to see what it's like. It's Big Ten football. It's big-time football."
Arizona State, Washington State and San Jose State had also offered Boyster, rated as the fourth-best center in the 2012 class and No. 64 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.