Medford (Ore.) South receiver Chase Cota has been a frequent visitor to Los Angeles this spring.
But this weekend, Cota got to check out both schools for spring practice, without being rushed between camps, and got to take in time at each campus.
The trip started with a stop at UCLA.
"My visit to UCLA was awesome," said Cota. "I really got to see a lot when I was there and watching them practice was big."
Cota said the highlight for him was the interaction with the players.
"What stood out to me most was probably how cool and friendly the players were to me and how good the coaches and players interacted," said Cota.
Cota had ample time to meet with UCLA head coach Jim Mora as well as receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty and also got some time with new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
"I met mostly with Coach Mora and Coach Dougherty and Coach Fisch a little," said Cota. "I'd met all of them before aside from Mora and I appreciated how they're all just down to earth genuine guys."
Overall, UCLA left a favorable impression on Cota.
"Practice was awesome because it was a fun environment along with the competitiveness. It seemed like everyone was enthused to be out there and that they have a good time and dance around and whatnot. I talked a lot with Josh Rosen and he said he loves Coach Fisch as a new offensive coordinator and I really think he's going to do a good job with his NFL experience and how sharp he is," said Cota.
From there, Cota headed over to USC.
"USC was great and it was really fun to see all the fans there and watch them play in the Coliseum," said Cota.
Cota saw a number of former Trojans at USC's Spring Game at the Coliseum and that caught his eye.
"The thing that stood out was probably all the ex-players interacting with the guys in the program now and how the Trojan family is such a tight knit group and they all care for each other," said Cota.
Recruited by offensive coordinator Tee Martin, Cota got to hang out with him for much of his time.
"Coach Martin, he's my guy and I always love hanging out with him," said Cota. "There were a lot of recruits there, but he spent just about all his time with me and we talked for a few hours and went over a lot of good stuff and had a few laughs."
Checking out the Trojans final practice of spring allowed Cota some insight into how he'd be used while giving him a chance to experience a day inside the Coliseum
"I liked it because I could see where I fit in system and see the caliber of guys they have there now," said Cota. "The Coliseum is obviously very impressive and it's amazing how long it's been there and all the great things that have happened in there."
Up next for Cota is a trip to the Midwest and then he'll stay in-state to check out Oregon again.
"I'm going to Notre Dame next weekend for their spring game and the Ducks spring game (on April 29th)," said Cota.
An invite to The Opening Finals in his home state in July, there is no rush for Cota to make a decision or to trim his list.
"Whenever I feel it's needed, I will," said Cota.