Cyrus Habibi-Likio (Brandon Huffman)

Busy Time of Year for 3-star RB Habibi-Likio

Nov. 10 -- Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio visited USC unofficially last weekend and will take an official visit to Oregon this coming weekend...

Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio (6-1, 209), will be in Eugene this weekend for his third official visit, when he visits Oregon.

That comes on the heels of Habibi-Likio visiting USC last weekend on an unofficial.

"I plan to visit USC in January for an official but the visit was great," said Habibi-Likio. "The facilities were awesome and the atmosphere was great.  L.A. is a beautiful city."

Habibi-Likio said he got some clarification on where the Trojans like him. 

"They want me as a running back and I felt a lot of love," said Habibi-Likio.  "I thought I was a safety recruit because of their guy committed (Stephen Carr), but they will take two running backs in this class."  

Habibi-Likio spent time talking with running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who is primarily recruiting him.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Robinson, he's the one recruiting me and then with Coach (Keary) Colbert too," said Habibi-Likio.  "I've talked with Coach (Clay) Helton and his brother Tyson (Helton) too."

Habibi-Likio also got to spend time learning more about the academics at USC.

"If you get a degree from USC, the sky is the limit," said Habibi-Likio.

USC, California and Oregon are three of the schools that got on Habibi-Likio once he decommitted from Washington State.

"It definitely surprised me all the attention I got," said Habibi-Likio.  "Of the three schools most recently, USC, Cal and Oregon, that was big."

Cal has been on his radar for some time and he's plenty familiar with the Bay Area school.

"That was a big offer for me and one that I am really going to look at," said Habibi-Likio.  "It's close to home and has great academics."

Cal likes Habibi-Likio on the defensive side of the ball.

"Cal offered me for safety and linebacker," said Habibi-Likio.

With previous official visits to Utah and Boise State, this weekend's trip to Oregon and plans to visit USC in January, that leaves just one more opening for a trip for Habibi-Likio.

But he's not locking that one in yet because he's hearing from a few other schools.

"I was actually talking to Jay Tufele from Utah and he sent my film to Ohio State and an hour later, I got a call from their running backs coach.  He told me they do have a couple offers out and that numbers are tight but I'm on their board.  My girlfriend plays volleyball there too so that's a great school.  And they have an H-Back position they use where the guy goes in the slot, gets jet sweeps but doesn't do a lot of running up through the tackles so it could be a good fit."

And down in Southern California, UCLA has been in recent contact with Habibi-Likio after he visited in the spring.

"UCLA is sending me a lot of handwritten stuff," said Habibi-Likio.  "It has mostly been Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu recruiting me but I'm hearing a little bit from Angus (McClure) too."

Habibi-Likio said that North Carolina and Kansas State were also showing some interest.

Utah was the first school that Habibi-Likio visited and the Utes left a big impression on him.

"I talk to Coach (Dennis) Erickson a lot and Coach (Lewis) Powell and they did tell me I could be a big impact guy for them early.  They said they need immediate help.  They do have a freshman right now, Zack Moss, but we're different kinds of backs.  They said we could be a thunder and lightning backfield."

And Boise State wowed him on his trip.

"As I narrow it down, Boise State will definitely be in my top five," said Habibi-Likio.  "They're an awesome program.  I feel like they're one of the hardest working programs in the nation. I love the way they use Jeremy McNichols.  Coach (Lee) Marks is recruiting me and so is Coach (Bryan) Harsin.  Usually when Boise State calls, they pass the phone around and all the coaches talk to me."

Habibi-Likio said while he prefers offense, he won't turn down the right school if defense is where they see him.

"My heart was always on offense but I'm open more to defense," said Habibi-Likio.  "I figured running back was my position long term but you get beat up and you take a lot of hits.  I don't know if I'll grow taller so I could see slot or safety too.  I don't really mind. I just want to play."

With his plan to visit USC in January, Habibi-Likio said it's still probably a while until he'll commit.

"If I take all the visits I plan to, it will be late January," said Habibi-Likio.  "But if I'm having trouble deciding and coaches can wait until Signing Day for me to decide, I will."

This weekend, Habibi-Likio and St. Francis will take on crosstown foe Mountain View (Calif.) in the first round of the CIF-CCS playoffs.

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