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Defensive back Tyler Porras (6-2, 175, 4.5), of Scottsdale, Ariz., holds only one offer, but has received a lot of interest from others.

Tyler Porras Profile

"Right now, Stanford is still the only school that has offered me, and they did way back before I started my senior season," said Porras, of Saguaro High School. "The other schools have come by to see me play and are seeing how I am maturing both physically and my playing ability on the field.

"They are reviewing my films and weighing me with other prospects. But they are definitely interested in me," he explained.

The other schools Porras is referring to are Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

"I have a high interest in Stanford right now, but I don't really want to make a decision until after I take my trips.

"I am kind of waiting to see if anyone else offers and then set up visits based on that," he said. Porras has an official set up for Stanford on Jan. 13.

"I am interested in Arizona largely in part because of the Stoops brothers (Mike, head coach, and Mark, defensive coordinator). They have developed some of the best defenses in the nation, and produced a lot of NFL players. They have a lot of experience behind them at Oklahoma and Miami.

"Oregon's facility is amazing and they are Pac-10 football. They are really, really good on defense, too.

"I was at their camp and had the opportunity to meet all but the head coach. I loved coaches Neal Zoumboukos (tight ends) and Nick Aliotti (defensive coordinator). They were really cool with me and I learned a lot from them," Porras said.

"I love Stanford. I love California. I love the school and the campus. The coaches are awesome and were very straightforward with me. All my admissions forms are sent in, so I guess all I have to do now is wait and see.

"Coach Darrell Patterson (linebackers) at Stanford played both with and against my dad (Tom Porras) in the Canadian Football League. He actually saw me take my first steps growing up.

"My dad played for the University of Washington back in 1978 as a quarterback. I really like the Pac-10. They have incredible facilities and are a great school for medicine. I took a camp there also. I really like Tyrone Willingham. He's a really cool guy," he said.

"I am looking at places where I can help out the team and contribute early in some capacity. I want to go to a school with a great reputation -- where the players are good characters -- and are reputable for academics," he added.

In nine games, Porras reports 650 yards rushing on 124 attempts with four touchdowns, and 17 catches for 215 yards and two game-winning touchdowns. Saguaro (5-4) hosts Pinnacle (Phoenix) for their last regular game of the season on Nov. 4. If Saguaro wins the game they will advance to playoffs. If they lose they may have a playoff shot depending on other game results.

Porras has a 4.0 GPA with a 1620 on the SAT. "I am retaking it on Dec. 3," he said. "If I get a higher score, it will look better for Stanford admissions."

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