Things Heating Up for Culbert

The safety from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, Major Culbert, has three favorite schools on his list -- and is taking an official visit to one of them next weekend...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Major Culbert (6-0, 195) has three schools leading that have a SoCal flavor, and has half the Pac-10 in his top six.

USC, UCLA and Nebraska are Culbert's top three schools, with the two locals being the favorites. Meanwhile, he holds an offer from California, with Oregon and Washington staying in the hunt for his services, despite not offering yet.

"My two best offers are UCLA and Cal, but I like Nebraska a lot, too. I'm waiting for USC to offer and Oregon would be a nice school to go to, and so would Washington," Culbert said.

Culbert will take his first official visit next weekend when he heads to Lincoln for an official visit to Nebraska. The Huskers will host Maine in their season opener that weekend.

"I won't be making a decision after that trip. I plan to take all five of my trips, and I would probably wait until December at the soonest to make a choice," said Culbert.

USC and UCLA's proximity to home put them in the co-driver's seat, but familiarity with certain players has given other schools a shot.

"Oregon, my friend Kevin Garrett is going there. I wouldn't mind joining KG in college. And Keenan Jones is at San Diego State, and they've offered me," said Culbert. "Playing with guys from high school would be cool."

Recently, LSU has upped their interest in Culbert and Arizona State is monitoring him.

Colorado, San Jose State and Oregon State have all offered him as a running back, but most schools envision him playing safety.

"My first few games I think could help me get some more offers," Culbert said. "It doesn't really put any pressure on me, though."

Culbert said with practice getting under way last week for Narbonne, it's time to turn his attention to his team. "We got started and we're gearing up for the games. It's the games that matter, but practice has been going great," Stevens said.

Culbert attended the Combine in the spring and also attended the Nike Camp at Stanford, despite having a tweaked hamstring. "The camps were good for me to show what I can do and what kind of player I am," said Culbert.

As a junior, Culbert tallied 80 tackles (59 solo) while also getting 6 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions. On offense he had 1,121 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Culbert has a 2.6 core GPA and took the SAT in the spring, but plans to retake it in the fall.

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