Cal and UCLA are standing out more and more for Ishmael Adams as the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback said he's thinking about staying closer to home to play college football.
"UCLA has been hounding me every day," Adams said. "They want me bad and I'm going to check out how they're doing because they're really a contender. I'd like to stay closer to home but if it's a better situation I could go away.
"UCLA is sticking out a little bit more but Cal is right there. They're both great places to play and they have great educations."
Adams, who looked good in Oaks Christian's loss to Bellevue, Wash., this past weekend at cornerback and running back, said UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel's future with the Bruins is important in his decision-making process.
Since Neuheisel is personally recruiting Adams pretty diligently it's crucial to have him stay as coach will be important when the four-star figures things out.
"It's kind of a big deal because he's really recruiting me hard personally," Adams said. "Hearing his voice every day, if I commit and go, if he's not there that really affects me a lot."
Adams, rated No. 11 at cornerback, No. 119 in the 2012 class and No. 16 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, said he doesn't plan on committing until after the season but that could change if he falls in love with a place.
Plans are made for Adams to take an official visit to Notre Dame when it hosts USC and he'll probably take one to Cal after the season. It's expected he'll only take unofficial visits to UCLA since it's so close.
Oregon and Oregon State have been in recent contact with Adams, who also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, SMU, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.