Wildcats going international

New Westminster (British Columbia) Secondary offensive lineman Harper Sherman is hearing from plenty of schools. Read on to see where his coach says Arizona stands and much more.

Arizona is willing to go wherever it takes to find a player that can help its football team and its recruiting efforts have now taken it to New Westminster (British Columbia).

Harper Sherman is a 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive lineman that is already seeing his fair share of attention.

"We identified after his freshman season that Harper would be a D-I guy, so we sat down with his family after that season and put together a promotional plan and outlined the investment that would be needed," Westminster coach Farhan Lalji said.

"It's not easy for Canadian kids to get recruited without a plan to get properly exposed, but I've had a fair bit of experience in that area and have networked enough with D-I coaches over the years that I can get enough of them to actually look at the film.

"But the most important thing is that none of this happens if they don't like what they see on the film, and they did. Then Harper executed well during the off-season and at camps and the results have been good, with a lot of coaches interested."

Those schools include numerous Pac-12 universities and others from throughout the country.

"Nevada has already offered and then he is hearing from Arizona, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Virginia, UTEP, Wyoming, Central Florida and others that have been in regular contact," Lalji said.

Sherman has been able to get schools' attention for numerous reasons and Lalji believes he will only get better.

"Harper is a very athletic lineman and an extremely hard worker," he said. "When we go through areas that he needs to improve he puts his head down and does more than what is required. His strength is good and he is technically sound.

"We run Wing-T blocking principles in our offense, so there is always a bit of an adjustment period when he goes to a camp because they usually teach zone blocking concepts, but he can handle it.

"If there's an area of improvement it is that I would like him to play with more nastiness, and focus less on perfect technique as wherever he goes to school they will probably adjust that technique anyway."

Arizona actually has somewhat of a history with Sherman, as he has been on the campus before.

"Harper loved his visit last summer to Arizona," Lalji said. "He worked out for Coach Michalczik and met Coach Rodriguez as well. I know Coach M had said they considered an offer at the time, but didn't often do that with linemen that young, so we're hoping he gets one this spring or summer."

As Sherman goes through the recruiting process, Lalji believes he is clear on what he will look for in a school.

"Comfort with the campus and coaches," he said. "I think he'd like to stay in the west, but I think it will come down to what's the best fit. His position coach, where he fits in at his position, what the school offers academically, campus life. But I know Arizona is high on his list and he really liked Coach M."

With all that in mind, when could Sherman decide?

"The plan is for him to attend three to four different camps this summer than he did last year," Lalji said. "Then depending on what the offers are at that time, I could see him committing before the season, but that's not carved in stone."


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