Sean Harlow visited Oregon and Oregon State in the last few days and both trips went so well that the San Clemente, Calif., offensive lineman plans to return.
"Both trips were really good," Harlow said. "I got to meet the coaches at both schools and they're really good staffs and they've been there for a long time so I don't think they're going anywhere."
Harlow, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound prospect, had different agendas at both schools as he tries to figure out which situation might be best for him.
The San Clemente prospect got a good feel for the Oregon State coaching staff and apparently hit it off with them. At Oregon, he had some pointed questions for position coach Steve Greatwood and had everything answered to his liking.
Harlow, who added an offer from Washington State on Monday, said he hopes to return to both Oregon and Oregon State to watch spring practice and see the offensive linemen in action.
"I felt like Oregon State had a really close family-type bond between all the coaches," Harlow said. "It seemed like all the players I ran into were great guys so I really enjoyed it.
"I didn't see Oregon kids while I was there but all the coaches and the facilities were really great. I talked to coach Greatwood and he pointed out that it's not really too different when it comes to blocking schemes.
"It's obviously more lateral but I'll get a better feel for it when I go up for practices. He said it's a little harder for tackles so he said I could start inside and move my way out."
So far, Harlow has landed offers from Boise State, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State. He's going to visit Utah at the end of this month and has been hearing from Duke as well.
As for making his decision, Harlow said it will be much later in the recruiting process and at this point he's just doing research on all the programs involved.
"I'm definitely going to take my time," Harlow said. "I was talking to coach Riley and he said it's good to check out everything and be like the CIA and investigate everything right now."