California Recruiting Notebook

Several players return from official visits, a few more trim their lists and another elite junior makes his decision in this week's California Recruiting Notebook...

Etiwanda (Calif.) receiver Marvin Jones was one of five official visitors to Oregon for the Ducks game with California.

"I was really impressed with Oregon," said Jones. "It was a great trip and I really enjoyed it. My host was Javes Lewis, and he's a longtime friend of mine. So that was cool." The #3 receiver in the West, Jones has decided that he's going to choose from two schools.

"I was going to take a trip to Arizona State, but I'm going to decide after my trip to Cal instead. Oregon and Cal are my two leaders, and I'm choosing from between them. Neither one leads, they are both even. I just want to take my trip to Cal to have something to go off of."

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Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont linebacker Chris Little has set up his first two official visits.

"I have official visits set up to Arizona and Nebraska. I go to Arizona next month and Nebraska in December. I will be in Nebraska on December 7, 8 and 9," Little told

A versatile two-way player, Little is also being recruited by some schools as a receiver.

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Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Robert Golden, the top cornerback in the West, visited Oregon last week.

"I was real impressed with Oregon," said Golden. "I really clicked with the coaches on my trip."

But the Arizona commit wasn't ready to concede the top spot to the Ducks.

"Arizona is still my top school, but Oregon is my number two," said Golden.

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Golden's teammate, Brandon Leslie, made his college decision over the weekend after taking an official visit to Georgia Tech.

"It feels real good to be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket," Leslie told "I feel relieved. They really showed me a great time this weekend. I really feel it's the right spot for me to be."

Leslie almost committed to Nebraska during the summer, but put it off and took the official visit to Atlanta. His trip swayed him to the ACC.

"I got there and the area of the school was just great. It's right there in downtown Atlanta. I was kind of surprised at that. You know, there's so much to do in the area. Also, that game against Clemson. The defense played outstanding. Those two running backs at Clemson are great, but that defense was just amazing. I want to be a part of that D. The people at the school, and the fans, they really showed me a lot of love. The coaches like me and I want to play for them. It really feels like it's the right spot. It felt good to get the commitment out of the way, so I can focus on school now and to help my football team win a championship."

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Idaho picked up a commitment from SoCal, getting Corona (Calif.) defensive tackle Henry Asuega on board.

"Because my brother coaches up there, they thought it would be best if I'd go up there and stay with him but at the same time, play for a D-I school," Asuega told "I was interested in Idaho already," he said. "They were doing pretty bad last year but after I watched a couple of their games this year they were doing pretty good and they're a young I could have a good chance of starting as a freshman."

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USC received a commitment from their fourth prospect in the class of 2009.

Elite offensive tackle Kevin Graf, from Agoura (Calif.), committed to the Trojans on Thursday immediately after being offered by USC head coach Pete Carroll.

I committed as soon as the offer came in," said Graf. "I knew I'd commit when they offered. I mean, I definitely had to think about it a little bit. I had my family wanting to make sure that was where I wanted to go. I wasn't sure it would be this soon (USC offering) but I was happy when it came. And I knew would commit."

Graf's father, Allen, played at USC and his older brother Derek did as well.

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