"I'm down to three officials and USF," said Shawn Curtis. "The Syracuse, Iowa State, Wake Forest visits and Mississippi State is in there, too."
Curtis took an unofficial trip to MSU before taking officials to see the Orange, Cyclones and Deamon Deacons. Each school still has a shot to land the three-star Orlando (Fla.) Olympia offensive tackle at this point, he says.
Curtis briefly chimed in on each finalist.
USF: "It's a close in-town school and I like the coaching staff."
MSU: "It's a great program, I really like the football they play. Great atmosphere."
ISU: "Another great program and they're having a great year this year. I really like the coaching staff and the facilities."
SU: "I really enjoyed going up there and meeting all the coaches. They have a really close coaching staff and players."
Wake: "Great coaching staff and it's a huge opportunity from an academic standpoint and from an offensive line standpoint because of their injuries."
Wake Forest, where he last officially visited over the weekend, has an interesting dynamic at the offensive line position in the class. Not only is the current team in a real need for youth, but the Deacs currently already have five commits in the class of 2013 slated to sign as offensive lineman.
"They're trying to bring in six and they have five committed," said Curtis. "They said the only other one they're recruiting is me.
"I'm coming in January, so I get a whole other six months to beat others out."
Early graduation will lead to an advantage no matter where Curtis elects to play, but he had the chance to meet some of his potential competitors while at Wake.
"All those O-line commits were up there, they were real friendly people," he admitted. "Easy to get along with, we'd get along very well."
Curtis wouldn't name a leader, but he does have an idea of where he may want to commit soon. Either way, plenty of factors will be weighed in the meantime.
"There will be a lot of factors. How long the team has been on me, recruiting me," he said. "How much I liked being up there. I have it all down in my notes, the pros and cons; I'm just going to make the best decision for myself."
Earlier in the week, the lineman revealed that a pair of schools was standing out a bit more than the rest.
"That Wake Forest visit stacked up pretty well with Iowa State," Curtis told National Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg. "Those are my top two, my favorites but I am still considering everyone."
The other three schools in consideration will have to make up ground fast considering a decision is rapidly approaching.
Said Curtis, "I'll be committing here soon. Probably another week or week and a half. Me and my coach are going to set it up where I'm going to do it on TV.
"The decision hasn't been made yet."