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UCLA Still In The Mix For WR Tarik Black

Aug. 10 -- No. 12 WR Tarik Black has a top six, but Saturday he spent the day at Michigan. What did he learn? And what does it mean?

Tarik Black is yet to set any official visits, and his plan remains to commit before the start of his senior season, but not announce it until his plays in an all-American game in January.

So when the nation's No. 12 receiver visited Michigan for the Barbecue at the Big House, there was plenty of attention given to Black, who plays at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy.

Black's top six also includes Notre DameAlabamaAuburnStanford and UCLA, but his focus on Saturday was on Michigan.

"The Michigan visit was fantastic," Black said. "I really enjoyed my time there, spending the time with the coaches and the players and just walking the campus and having a good time. I pretty much saw everything on the previous visits like the facilities, the campus, the stadium."

One of the most important aspects of the visit was spending time with passing game coordinator and receivers coach Jedd Fisch.

"Going through the numbers game on the depth chart with coach Fisch, with the receivers and stuff like that, I thought that was really big," Black said. "Just to see how I stack up and fit in among the guys already there, I think that was a pretty big deal. I think depth chart-wise, it would be a good opportunity for me to go in and play right away."

The 6-foot-3 1/2, 206-pound Black is in the process of scheduling official visits, and he can squeeze some in early as his season does not begin until Sept. 17, but then he plays exclusively on Saturdays until mid November.

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He broke down why the other five schools on his list remain possibilities, and what he likes about each one:

Alabama: "It has a really good coaching staff. They develop guys. They have a lot of guys that play in the NFL, which is ultimately the goal for me. I really get that good feeling on campus and I gelled with the players well, so that was good."

Auburn: "I like the coaching staff. It would be a good opportunity for me to come in and play early. I really enjoyed my time on campus and touring the facilities, and the conversations I had with the coaches."

Notre Dame: "It's the same (as Stanford with off-the-field). I really like their schedule. To be an independent, they play a lot of good teams. The coaching staff develops their guys and they're not going anywhere. No one is leaving Notre Dame."

Stanford: "It's a great education. Second-to-none when it comes to that. It's a great coaching staff as well. They are the elite of the Pac-12, so they're always going to play in the Rose Bowl, or be in the college football playoffs, so that's good."

UCLA: "It's a great coaching staff as well. They have a lot of really good, experienced coaches that know the game of football. A lot of them come from the NFL. I could see myself living in L.A. It's a cool place to me."

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