January 11, 2011

Sarao taking trip out west

Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit linebacker Anthony Sarao has been waiting to see what Stanford plans on doing now that Jim Harbaugh has taken over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers but he's done waiting for now.

Sarao is still planning on listening to what the Cardinal has to say. In fact, he remains committed to Stanford.

In his words, he just has to look out for himself.

"I'm visiting USC," Sarao said. "I'll be there this weekend. They contacted me. I talked to coach (Joe) Barry.

"I have a high interest in them. I like the academics and I like them athletically."

Sarao said he has a good relationship with George Farmer and De'Anthony Thomas, a pair of five-star commitments for the Trojans. That's important, as Sarao wants to feel comfortable with the people in his recruiting class wherever he ends up.

"I talked to UCLA and I told them I'm not going to be able to come to their school because I don't know anybody in their commit class," Sarao added. "I want to have that comfort level."

As for Stanford?

"I'm still with Stanford but I've got to see what happens. They haven't contacted me at all. They sent me an e-mail saying Harbaugh was leaving but they haven't contacted me or kept in touch. I've got to look out for myself."

Sarao's trip to USC is the only official visit that he has planned. He said USC and Stanford are the only two schools he has in mind right now.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect is ranked the No. 7 outside linebacker in the nation.

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