Stovall talks visits and decision date

4th Quarter Sports and Paraclete High School running back Melquise Stovall announced a decision date after The Opening Regional last month, but his summertime pledge is not finalized.

Lancaster (Calif.) running back Melquise Stovall won’t wait until the fourth quarter to make his decision on a college, but he remains somewhat hesitant about a summer time decision as well.

At Saturday’s 4th Quarter Sports Passing Tournament in Compton (Calif.), Stovall reiterated he would like to make a commitment June 12, but that date is predicated upon one major factor.

“Right now it’s not final because I want to make sure my SAT score is high enough for the school so they can accept me,” said Stovall. “I do want to make a decision soon because I want to get comfortable with the program I commit to.

“I want to get to know the coaches and everything.”

After Stovall commits, he intends on shutting down his recruitment — sort of.

“Yeah,” Stovall responded hesitantly. “I definitely want to take my visits because I don’t travel a lot. But if I make my decision early, it’s finalized.”

While that answer leaves something to be deciphered as the recruiting process moves forward, Stovall is confident with the options he is choosing from.

USC, Cal, Washington — it’s really a top six of schools who have recruited me the most,” said Stovall. “Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA are also in there.”

USC is Stovall’s childhood favorite, but the three-star running back, who ran for 1,600 and 20 scores as a junior, is longer a child.

“I’ve watched the since I was a child, so I’ve always liked them a lot,” said Stovall. “I like the way they run their offense and how they run their backs. They want me as a running back, which is something I have to consider.

“Cal wants me as a slot receiver, and I prefer playing out of the slot, so I have a decision to make. I like working out of the backfield too, so it can change depending on how the offense uses me to get the ball.”

Stovall had 21 receptions for 415-yards and two scores last season. Stovall just returned from unofficially visiting Cal last week and has a visit for Washington coming up.

“The facilities were amazing,” said Stovall. “The town I’m still getting use to because it’s kind of different out there. The coaches gave me a lot of love when I was up there though.

“I have Washington on Tuesday the 7th for a visit too. Then I go to Arizona on the 9th and 10th, which I hope to get out to Arizona State as well. I’ll visit USC and UCLA after that on the 11th.”

In addition to Cal, Washington is also looking at Stovall as a wide out.

“They’re recruiting me as an athlete who can motion from the back field to the slot,” said Stovall. “They also want to just line me up in the slot, period. I also like the way the want to use me as a punt return and kick returner.

“I look forward to sitting down and meeting all of the coaches. I still need to get a feel for them and see what their plan is for me up close.”

Stovall’s decision to commit June 12 has no significance as a date. With plans to graduate in December from Paraclete High School, it’s a simply a time frame to work from.

“My brother will be back home, so he can help me figure things out,” said Stovall. “He can guide me through it. My top six is almost finalized, but if some other schools contact me and try to recruit me, I’m still open.”

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