Devonte Christopher, the 6-foot, 175-pound three-star athlete from Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev., is getting close to making his decision and it's between Utah and Stanford.
When we last spoke with Christopher in early December, the Cardinal led slightly. However, after visiting Utah on Dec. 14, it now seems like the Utes are the team to beat, if only marginally. "Utah is ahead of Stanford right now," Christopher said. "It's really between those two though.
"The visit to Utah was a lot of fun and I met a lot of cool people," he said. "It seems like a great program and they do well every year. They are always pretty good. I also like the coaches a lot, especially the offensive coordinator (Andy Ludwig). I love the spread offense they run. That's hard to beat."
Christopher, ranked as the No. 43 safety in the country by Scout.com, visited Stanford on Oct. 12. "I love coach Jim Harbaugh and really respect him," he said. "The education there is also great and I think the team will be a lot better in the next few years."
He also visited Colorado on Oct. 20 and Nebraska on Sept. 14, but admits he's no longer considering the Buffs or Huskers. "Nebraska started recruiting me a lot after they hired their new coach, but I'm not looking at them anymore. It's really down to Utah and Stanford."
Don't expect Christopher to drag out the process either. He plans to make a decision in early January. "I'll most likely have a press conference," he said. "We go back to school on Jan. 7, so I'll try to set something up for that week.
"Everyday I think about my decision and I feel like I'm getting closer and closer," he admitted. "To be honest, if I had to pick right now I'd choose Utah."
Christopher reports a 4.1 core GPA and a 1470 three-part SAT.