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Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler discussed his final four list and his plans for January. Scout caught up with him at the Cal-State All-Star game as he discussed his four favorites...

Kenny Lawler, the four-star wide receiver out of Upland, Calif. is spending the week in Fresno, Calif. polishing his skills that will be showcased in Friday's Cal-State Five-Star Game.

"It has been going well out here," said Lawler. " It's nice getting more coaching in. There are a lot of great coaches out here and I am just trying to get better all the time."

As Lawler continues to prepare for the next level, he has recently named four schools that he is now focusing on.

"I now have a top four, in this order: California, Oregon State, Michigan State and UCLA," said Lawler.

The other program that was in the mix during his season was Washington. Lawler even took an official out there last month and had them high on list as a result, but ever since Coach Demertice Martin left, the Huskies are no longer in the running.

"I threw Washington out because of Coach Martin, who I am really close with left," said Lawler.

As Lawler crosses schools off his list he is also adding some favorites, including the program that is currently seated in his number spot, Cal.

Lawler described what put the Bears at the top of his list, "I just really like Coach (Eric) Kiesau. He said a lot of good things during my in-home visit with Cal, which is what put them at the top.

"I want to go out there and check out their program on my official visit that is scheduled for January."

Lawler will be taking his official to Berkley on January 20th, the weekend after he takes his official to Oregon State on January 13th. With three official visits remaining, Lawler is thinking of taking his final trip to UCLA, for a chance to meet the Bruins new coaching staff.

"I have been out to UCLA on unofficial trips and have watched some of their games. But I might go out there on an official with one of my friends Brandon Beaver sometime in January."

So far Lawler has had a couple brief interactions with UCLA's new head coach Jim Mora, and from the sounds of it Mora seems to have already made a strong impression.

"I have talked to Coach Mora," said Lawler. "He sounds like a cool guy. He likes me a lot and I like him a lot, which is why I let the Bruins get in the loop, cause that's a school I might be playing for, you never know."


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