Arizona better than Flannel thought

It is a well known fact around the country that two of the best defensive backs coaches in the nation reside in Tucson. Mike and Mark Stoops each have records that are impressive on their own but when combined the thought of Stoops produced secondary products is just ridiculous. Names like Roy Williams, Sean Taylor and Ed Reed automatically come to mind.

Soon enough you can add the name of Antoine Cason to the distinguished list of Stoops coached defensive backs that went on to the NFL. So it is no surprise that many young high school football players would love the chance to play for Mike and Mark Stoops and one such player is West Columbia, Texas standout athlete Jared Flannel.

Flannel was in Tucson this past weekend on his first official visit and the visit could not have gone any better according to Flannel.

"Oh man, the visit was great," said an excited Flannel. "It was really nice and it was very different from what I thought it would be. I thought the desert was all cactus and heat and stuff and Tucson is nothing like that. There are palm trees and the weather was perfect and there are mountains around the city, it was really a nice trip."

It is the norm for visiting prospects to be hosted by a member of the Arizona team but according to Flannel it felt like he was truly hosted by everyone.

"I think my host was supposed to be A.J. (Simmons)," he said. "He was my host but really I was hosted by him and DeLa (DeLaShaun Dean), Terrell Turner and Mike Turner. And honestly, it felt like I was hosted by everybody I met really. Everybody was nice and they treated me great."

Another norm on official visits in Tucson, or anywhere, is the amount of food that is served to each prospect. Flannel's visit was no different.

"Man, we ate like crazy, I swear," he said laughing. "We ate everything. I ate more when I wasn't even hungry then I usually eat when I am, it was crazy. But like everyone said, you don't get many chances to eat that great of food that often so I took advantage for sure."

Flannel is being recruited to Arizona by tight ends coach Dana Dimel and the two have struck an obvious bond.

"Coach Dimel is a real good guy," Flannel said. "He is a real good guy and we talk a lot. I know we talk at least once a week and we have been talking for months now really. All of the coaches are cool guys out there and I got along great with every one of them."

Flannel acknowledged the abilities of both Mike and Mark Stoops when asked about which position he is being recruited for.

"Both Mike and Mark are great coaches for defensive backs," he commented. "I mean, all you have to do is look at the guys that they have put into the NFL and it is amazing how many great players they have helped get to the next level. Mike was telling me that they want me just as an athlete and that I would play wherever I fit in the most and I think I could play any position for them but I would most likely want to play defensive back because of them. I know I can cornerback and safety, especially with them as my coaches."

Jared went on to admit that he was somewhat tempted to commit to Arizona while in Tucson but that he went into the visit with the mindset that he wanted to take more visits.

"I really was kind of tempted to commit," he remarked. "I mean it is a great place to go and the trip was better than I thought it would be. But I want to see other places too. I have other offers and I know that I want to visit Missouri for sure and maybe take another one or two on top of that. Arizona is definitely a great place and my trip was definitely a ten though."

Flannel sports a 3.4 GPA and has scored a qualifying 910 on the SAT already but is planning on taking the test again. He said that he would like to major in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in college.

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