Alexander Marshall returned from a Florida vacation to cold and snow in New England, looked at his offer list and it reaffirmed his desire to head to a warm weather climate for college.
"The schools I probably talk to the most are Florida, Florida State, UCLA, a little bit of USC," Marshall said. "LSU and Alabama, I'm talking to them almost daily. Coaches are usually hitting me up daily.
"I have not made any visits but I'm going to be going down to Florida and to California. The University of Florida and Florida State will be one visit, and a visit to USC and UCLA and will be another."
His latest offer, from UCLA, came after he spoke several times with tight ends coach Rip Scherer.
"They've just been telling me that really want me out there and I'm a priority to them," Marshall said. "They said there are some real great opportunities out there and they're going to the pro-style offense. I told them I would be making a California trip and UCLA and USC are two programs that stand out to me.
"They are great programs, and it's really where I want to be in college, California or Florida, one of those two areas."
Marshall, who re-classified into the 2017 class last year and moved to Proctor Academy, a boarding school, said several of his friends at school are from southern California.
"I've heard good things about their program, with huge renovations," Marshall said. "I know they are cutting edge, offer a great education and have a great business program, and that's what I'm looking to get into. The coach said there is an opportunity to get early playing time, which is something that really intrigues me.
"It's an honor to receive an offer from UCLA. It's one I've been working toward for a while now, so we'll see where we can go from here."
Education will be important in Marshall's decision, and Florida offers something his family likes.
"The University of Florida, that's one, to my parents, that sticks out because of their very highly (rated) business school," Marshall said. "My dad is always on me about how they have a great business school. Both both schools (Florida and Florida State) are really good.
"With Florida State, (tight ends) coach (Tim) Brewster, we're always on the phone going back and forth. Florida State, obviously, their football facilities are some of the best. It's great academic-wise there."
Although Marshall is planning visits and likes the warm weather, he is not listing any leaders.
"It's going be a hard decision because every choice looks like the best of the best," he said. "