Five On Top For Cormier

San Diego (Calif.) Madison running back Pierre Cormier has a long list of offers, including most of the Pac-12, and recently named a top three. However, Cormier is exploring his options and says he's "looking hard" at five programs...

San Diego (Calif.) Madison running back Pierre Cormier didn't participate in many camps or combines this summer, but instead worked with his teammates on honing his skill set.

"I've just been working out, working on getting my speed and my strength up. All I did this summer was a team camp up in Fresno. We played against some other schools up there, but that's pretty much it," he said.

Cormier's absence from the summer circuit wasn't detrimental to his recruitment, as the running back currently holds a long list of offers.

"I have offers from everyone in the Pac-12 except for USC and Oregon, and then Nebraska, Boise State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Fresno State, Cincinnati, and Nevada," he said.

Though Cormier recently said he had narrowed his list to a top three, he's exploring some more options and says that five programs have really captured his attention.

"Yeah, the ones I'm looking into are Arizona, UCLA, Boise State, Nebraska, and Oregon State. Those are the schools I'm looking at pretty hard right now," he said.

Cormier has visited UCLA's campus about three times, most recently on Tuesday. He also plans to head to Arizona and will spend next Monday and Tuesday on campus.

"I was at UCLA on Tuesday. It was good. I already had a good relationship with the coaches up there, so it was pretty much just a refresher of everything. I went up there with two of my other teammates who are being recruited by them, so it was pretty cool. I have a great relationship with the coaches and I just learned more about the program and the school and all that," he said.

The running back has been recruited by receivers coach Marques Tuiasosopo, running backs coach Steve Broussard, and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, and has had a chance to talk with the staff about how they plan to use him on the field.

"I'll be used at running back in a lot of different ways. Running in the box and catching some passes out of the backfield, as well," he said.

Cormier is also looking forward to his trip to Arizona, a school that has been recruiting him hard.

"It's in the Pac-12 conference and I like the Pac-12, it's my favorite conference. I like the offense that they are running this year. I think it's a good fit for me; it's the same thing I've been running since I was a freshman, so it's something I'm comfortable with. I like their new coaching staff and it's a good football environment," he said.

Though no other visits are set quite yet, Cormier has already started thinking about where he will take his official visits.

"I plan to take official visits during my senior year to the other three schools (Boise State, Nebraska, and Oregon State)," he said.

Aside from recruiting, Cormier is also focused on the season and has set a few goals for himself.

"We start practices next Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to winning the championship, and hopefully going to state, just having a better season than I did last year. My individual goal is to get over 2,300 yard and thirty plus touchdowns, but as a team, I just want to win the championship. That's my number one goal," he said.

There are a couple of other prospects to keep an eye out for on Cormier's team.

"One of our slots, Lee Walker, has an offer from Arizona. Our other slot, Michael Garner, is going to be a junior. He's also my back-up at running back. He is getting some interest from UCLA and Arizona right now," he said.

Both Walker and Garner were at UCLA with Cormier, and they will also both visit Arizona next week.

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