Cards, Ducks sweating out Roper's decision

Brad Roper, the father of standout quarterback Justin Roper, knows a thing or two about recruiting wars. As the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech under former coach Bobby Ross, the elder Roper sweated out plenty of last minute decisions from players he recruited. Now, he's trying to help his son make a very difficult decision between Louisville and Oregon.

Brad Roper, the father of standout quarterback Justin Roper, knows a thing or two about recruiting wars.

As the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech under former coach Bobby Ross, the elder Roper sweated out plenty of last minute decisions from players he recruited. Now, he's trying to help his son make a very difficult decision between Louisville and Oregon.

"It's a lot harder now," Roper said.

Late Sunday night, Roper said his son was out playing pick-up ball and still hadn't reached a decision. Roper also didn't tip his hand which way his son might be leaning.

"He'd like to make a decision as soon as he can," Roper said. "I don't know that I could tell him which program to choose. It's a tough decision. I just don't know. It's been hard for him and it's an important decision."

Why has making a decision been so tough on Roper?

"There are no negatives about either program," Roper said. "He loves Jeff Brohm and he loves Gary Crowton (Oregon assistant coach). He likes Coach Petrino and Coach Bellotti. We like both schools, both programs and both campuses. We like Louisville and we like Eugene. Both programs like to throw the ball and would be great choices for a quarterback. They're just very similar."

So how will Roper make a decision?

"We won't flip a coin," Roper said with a laugh.

Roper talked with both Petrino and Bellotti on Sunday, likely to get a few last minute questions answered. "Neither coach pressured him," Roper said. "They both said they'll wait on him to make a decision."

And while a decision could come late Sunday night, Monday appears to be decision day for Roper.


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