Colby Cyburt took an unofficial visit to Stanford this past weekend and spent only about a day around the campus but that was enough time to convince the Mission Viejo, Calif., offensive tackle it could be his future home.
"It was great," Cyburt said. "We went up on Saturday morning and came back on Sunday afternoon. It was a quick little trip but it was awesome.
"It was a packed stadium and the atmosphere was awesome. I could definitely see myself playing in a place like that. The atmosphere is definitely a factor and what's going on there but I think if you're a winning team, if you're playing well, I think people are going to come. It's definitely a factor though."
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The trip impressed Cyburt so much that he's planning to return for an official visit sometime in January after his senior season is finished. This weekend Mission Viejo plays Cabrillo, Calif., in the first round of the playoffs.
Stanford won't be the only trip for Cyburt, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound three-star prospect who's taking his time with the recruiting process.
He's also planning visits to UCLA and Colorado and is considering Oregon State, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State trips as well. A trip to San Diego State might also be in the works. Since Cyburt only gets five official visits he'll have to narrow down his list as well.
None of his trips have exact dates yet. A decision is not expected for at least a month, maybe longer.
"I have to limit them down and make dates but I won't do that until after the season," Cyburt said. "It's going to be at least another month or two until I decide."
Rivals.com rates Cyburt No. 48 at offensive tackle in the 2012 class and No. 53 in the California state rankings.
Since Mission Viejo is such a powerhouse - its only losses came to Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep and Redlands (Calif.) East Valley this season - it could be some time before Cyburt starts to seriously focus on recruiting again.