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Five lucky schools are the finalists for Will Harris. He has already taken visits to Arizona State and Cal. He will now trip to Washington State (Dec.3rd), USC (Dec.10th), and UCLA (Dec.17th). "I have to call the Washington State coaches tomorrow to hopefully set that one up," said Harris. "But I will plan to take it this weekend. The UCLA one will also probably be on the 17th."

Harris wants to quickly take all of his visits because he would like to decide shortly after New Year's. "I will announce my decision at the Cal-Florida Bowl, January 2nd."

Of the remaining three visits, he said his family will accompany him on the ones to 'SC and UCLA, but not Washington State. His father couldn't make it for his Cal visit on November 20th, but will soon. "He is going to take a trip up there by himself to see what they have to offer."

He says his parents do not have a favorite and Harris is also reluctant to name one. "I need to visit all five schools before deciding which one is the best fit."

All involved seem to be showing the same amount of love. "They are all recruiting me really hard right now."

Running Backs Coach Eric Bieniemy is recruiting him for UCLA. Tight Ends Coach Brennan Carroll is after him for USC. Safeties Coach Dan Fidler is recruiting him for Arizona State.

Harris made another visit to the Coliseum this weekend to take in the Trojans' blowout of Notre Dame. "USC knows how to play in the big games. They know how to play in crunch time. I love the way they play."

Charter Oak finished their season with a 14-7 loss to Newport Harbor in the second round of the playoffs. Harris ended up with 16 touchdowns on offense at quarterback, running back, and receiver. He also had six interceptions on defense. All schools involved like him as a free safety.

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Eureka's Rey Maualuga, one of the most prized prospects in the nation for the class of 2005, made it down to USC this past weekend for an official visit and was among those in attendance at the Coliseum on Saturday for the big Trojan win over Notre Dame. WeAreSC caught up with the elite five-star linebacker to get his thoughts on the trip.

"Everything was great but the rain. Who would have thought that it would be raining in L.A?" Maualuga joked. "I got in there on Friday afternoon at around two. I was able to go to the meetings where they go through special-teams, and then I went to the defensive meeting. After that I checked into the hotel and hung out with my host, Fili Moala. That night we went over to Ryan Powdrell's house, he had everybody over there. I met Jonathan Stewart, Neefy Moffett, Kevin Ellison…all of those guys. Saturday we got up, ate breakfast, and we also met with the academic counselor and toured the campus. It's good because it's small, everything is right there. You don't have to go too far to get to your classroom. It's right down the street. After that we went to the class session. It's no wonder they're so good, they go over the same things over-and-over. They have to go over it all so that everybody has it down and so they don't make mistakes."

Up next for Maualuga was the Trojan-Fighting Irish game, and as he explains, the contest was an obvious highlight of the trip, "At the game, we got to walk through where all of the fans were. It was sweet having people be there, wanting to get a high-five or telling you ‘good luck.' The game was unexplainable. There's a lot of history to the Coliseum. Going in the locker room and then running out with football players, everyone was just screaming. You wish you could just pop the pads on and play."

"The game was tight. Although Notre Dame was up 7-0, SC didn't fall apart. Nobody was blaming anyone else. They just played like they've been playing the last couple of weeks. They played Trojan football and they never gave up. They came back in the second half and fought harder."

So did the visit leave an overall positive impression? "Yeah, it definitely opened my eyes," Maualuga said. "The thing is, they're saying that the best players play. So just come in, do your thing, and don't let up."

Despite the experience, Maualuga still isn't ready to commit anywhere and is torn between a few schools, "Its pretty close," he said. "It's Nebraska, Oregon, and SC. SC and Oregon are pretty tight. I'm just hoping to make my decision at the Army All-America Bowl." Maualuga has visited all three of his current favorites now.

The next couple of weeks will also be vital in the Nor-Cal star's recruitment as he's set to have some key in-home visits, "Oregon is coming in on Tuesday, Nebraska is coming on Wednesday, and after the UCLA game, SC is going to come. So I'm going to bring my whole family here and I'll see what they think." Pete Carroll, Ed Orgeron, and Tim Davis are the Trojan coaches that are set to make the visit.

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Jason Haywood (Taft) still has Washington State as his leader but Nevada is also making a play for the 6-4, 186-pound safety. Haywood told Cougfan.com if he receives the test score he's expecting, he'll be a Coug.

"I'm really just waiting for my SAT score to come back in," said Haywood.

Haywood expects to get the results in the next two weeks. In the meantime, he's considering setting up an official visit to Nevada.

"If I don't go to Washington State, I'm thinking about Nevada. I've been talking to Nevada for a while and I think I'm going to set up a trip this week to go out there."


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