Harper gets positive impression

Ontario (Calif.) Colony athlete Bryan Harper did not know what to expect on his visit to Arizona. What did he think of it? Where does UA stand now? Read on for more.

As one of a handful of uncommitted official visitors over the weekend, Ontario (Ca.) Colony High School athlete Bryan Harper had the chance to take in what Rich Rodriguez and his coaching staff have to offer.

"The visit was really good," Harper said. "We went out to eat with the coaches a couple of times and hung out with the players. We went on a campus tour and went to their basketball game against Oregon. It was super loud in there, it was pretty cool.

"My favorite part was just hanging out with some of the players. They have a real brotherhood and they treat each other like family and they treated me like family too. It was good hanging out with Adam Hall, he was good to me and it was pretty cool."

While most schools recruiting the 6-foot, 170-pound three-star prospect as an athlete, Arizona is offering him the chance to come in and be a quarterback in Rodriguez's new offensive scheme. With the spread option being implemented at UA, Harper believes he would be a good fit for the program.

"I talked to coach Rodriguez and he said he wants me to come down there and play offense and be a playmaker," Harper said. "He likes me at quarterback and slot receiver. He talked to me about coming in and having a shot to compete and play early and do good things.

"I think I would fit in the offense really well. He runs the spread offense and I ran the spread offense in high school. It's a good fit all-around."

Aside from finding out how Rodriguez would use him on the field, the nation's 79th-ranked cornerback also had the chance to get to know Arizona's new head coach and his staff as well.

"This was my fist time meeting him in person, but we had talked on the phone a couple of times," Harper said. "He's just really down to earth, he's a good coach and he's done great things at West Virginia and Michigan. He has a great personality and I think all of the coaches do. They're straight forward and honest dudes and they want to turn the program around and do good things."

After wrapping up his visit to Arizona and with a visit to Washington behind him, Harper will visit two other schools before making his final decision in two weeks or less.

"I'm visiting UCLA and I'm visiting Oregon as well. Oregon is recruiting me as a quarterback, receiver and corner, so they're recruiting me as an athlete. UCLA is recruiting me as an athlete but more as a corner. I would say I have it narrowed down to those three, UCLA, Oregon, and Arizona.

"I'm set to make my decision on January 31st."

Arizona has been in the hunt for Harper for awhile now, but did it put itself in better position to secure a commitment and ultimately a signature from him on Signing Day?

"I think Arizona moved up a lot on my list," Harper said. "They're definitely a school I'm going to seriously consider. The coaching staff and everything was great and I think it's a good situation, so it's definitely something I'm going to look at."


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