It has been dubbed the year of the big man on the West Coast, thanks to a deep group of talented offensive linemen, and Kyle Murphy from San Clemente High School is one of the best prospects of the bunch.
The five-star offensive tackle has offers from several of the top programs from around the country - and lists Stanford, USC, Oregon, Florida and Cal as his top five schools - with the Trojans and Cardinal considered the frontrunners.
Murphy recently made the short drive north to watch two of his top schools battle in one of the most exciting games of the college football season, with Heisman contender Andrew Luck leading Stanford to a 56-48 win over USC in triple overtime.
"I'm actually looking at both USC and Stanford," Murphy said. "I'm getting a pretty good feel for how they both play."
"Stanford obviously was the higher ranked team coming in but USC gave them a really good battle so they both really impressed me in that game and showed me how they play good football."
Despite the heartbreaking loss for USC, Murphy was impressed by the energy and excitement inside the Los Angeles Coliseum.
"It's definitely a big time stadium," he said. "I grew up watching USC, so it's pretty cool and pretty unreal to be seeing that, the band and all that, the fans, it was great."
Murphy's most recent trip was an official visit to SEC country.
"My trip to Florida was good. It was a lot better than I expected it to be. The academics are really good down there," Murphy said of the Gators. "I got a good feel from the coaches and the kids down there. It's definitely a school I'm going to keep in the mix and look hard into.
"It was definitely a big time stadium, big time crowd, they definitely care about their football down there."
While in Gainesville, the talented offensive lineman got the opportunity to talk with the Florida coaches about how he fits into their offensive system.
"I talked to Coach (Charlie) Weis, the offensive line coach and Coach (Will) Muschamp," Murphy said. "I sat down with them in one of the meeting rooms with my parents and I was able to talk with each of them for quite a while so I got a pretty good feel for them."
Murphy also has a good feel for what he is looking for in a school.
"I just want a football team where I think I could be successful, and a system that might fit me well," he said. "A good education, good academic support and all that."