Jeremiah Sirles, the 6-foot-8, 300 pound four-star offensive tackle from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colo., has now narrowed much of his focus to two schools - Oregon and Nebraska.
"Oregon and Nebraska are so neck and neck it's ridiculous," Sirles said. "I really love the coaching staff at Oregon and have a great relationship with (offensive line) coach Steve Greatwood. He's just an awesome guy. He doesn't pressure me at all and is just very personable.
"I also really like the facilities at Oregon," he said. "Everything is really nice and top of the line."
Although Sirles didn't attend any camps this summer, he has already visited both the Ducks and the Huskers.
"I really enjoyed how friendly everyone at Nebraska was," he said. "I got to speak with coach Bo Pelini for about one hour and forty five minutes and I love how he's all about bringing the tradition back at Nebraska.
"It was terrible what the old staff did," he said. "I just like what coach Pelini has planned for them. They are bringing back all the alums and opening the doors to them again and the team has really banded around the new coaches."
Sirles, Scout.com's No. 24 offensive tackle, says both Oregon and Nebraska are recruiting him the hardest and he has high expectations of them this season. "I also think Nebraska is really going to surprise a lot of people this season," he said. "They are really fired up and have a lot of talent on the team.
"Oregon is always a top 25 team and I think they'll have another great season," Sirles said.
The Ducks and Huskers lead solidly over Louisville, Arizona State and Texas Tech. "I'd love to get out to visit both Louisville and Arizona State," he said. "Louisville is an elite program with great coaches.
"Arizona State is also a top caliber school and the kind of program that I want to play for," Sirles said. "I've heard it's a great place.
He has already visited Texas Tech and says he only plans on taking three official visits before making a decision. "I'd like to visit Louisville, Nebraska and Oregon for sure," he said. "Maybe Arizona State if I have time. I'm trying to set up my trip to Nebraska for the Colorado game (Nov. 28) and Oregon for the UCLA game (Oct. 11)."
Sirles says his criteria in choosing a school is simple. "There's really only three things I'm looking for," he said. "I want a stable coaching staff. I don't want to go where the coaches might be gone by my sophomore or junior year.
"I want a chance to play," Sirles said. "I don't expect anything handed to me, but I don't want to go where they are stacked and where I'll be sitting on the bench until my junior season. I want to be given a chance to compete to play.
"And I want a school with good academics," he said.
Sirles and his team, Bear Creek High School, will be traveling to Florida at the end of August for their first game against Timber Creek on Aug. 29.
When Sirles isn't playing football, he says he loves watching college football. "I'll watch college football over the NFL any day of the week," he said.
He also has offers from Kansas State, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Colorado and Colorado State.
Sirles says he's thinking about majoring in business or sports management and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 20 ACT.