Lamar De Rego committed to Oregon State a few weeks after his visit in December but then the San Jose (Calif.) San Jose C.C. defensive end took a trip to Arizona which got him thinking.
Weeks later and after much deliberation, De Rego has decided to switch his commitment to the Wildcats. It was a tough decision for the 6-foot-3, 252-pound prospect but one he felt he had to make.
"When I went up there to Arizona I felt really comfortable and I enjoyed myself," De Rego said. "Not only because of the recruiting trip but I enjoyed the fact that I met some people at the school who would help me out, take care of me, they answered all my questions.
"The guys on the team were really welcoming. They made me feel like a part of the team even though I wasn't.
"The big thing, for me with this decision, it was more about being comfortable with where I'm going and the football part will take care of itself. There are some good coaches there and I'm eager to get up there and start playing football."
One of the toughest parts about De Rego making his decision was that he had to tell Oregon State coach Mike Riley the bad news.
De Rego, who also had San Jose State and New Mexico State among others involved, has grown to highly respect the Beavers' coach and so that conversation was difficult.
De Rego, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, was not surprised that Riley handled the decision with class.
"I spoke to coach Riley (Wednesday) and we went over everything and there is mutual respect between us," De Rego said. "I already respect him a ton. He wished me the best and stuff but I'm going to go with Arizona next year."