Khalil Pettway has four offers from schools scattered across the country but the Culver City, Calif., inside linebacker still has not finalized any official visits yet.
That will be the next step for the SMU commit who said he wants to see that school along with the three others that have offered - North Carolina State, Washington State and West Virginia.
He's still open to other programs but isn't hearing from many new teams.
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"I'm going to go back and talk to my coaches and see what we can get done soon," Pettway said.
Going during the football season is crucial to Pettway, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, because he wants to see what it's like on game day and he wants to experience what each campus has to offer.
"I want to see the atmospheres, I want to see what the crowd is like and what the players are like during the season," said Pettway, who shined at multiple B2G events this past summer.
"I don't want to go when it's basketball season and there is no football going on.
"That's really important to get out to these schools. I know how it is over here so I need to go over there to see how the weather is and see if I can get accustomed to it."
Rated as the No. 35 inside linebacker in the 2012 class and No. 88 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, Pettway, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect, committed to SMU in mid-July but made it clear he wanted to take other visits.
He said the Mustangs and NC State are recruiting him the hardest and that he cannot make any final decisions until he gets out on the road to figure out which program best suits him.
"It's a friendly relationship with SMU," Pettway said. "We talk about college and it's not always about football. NC State is coming at me hard. They're coming at me tough."