Being a January enrollee, a decision needs to come soon for JUCO linebacker Luke Arciniega. Taking official visits are an important part of the process, and he has been able to fit two in recently. Having visited Syracuse the week before, Arciniega took a trip to see what Memphis had to offer.
"It was a good visit," the 6-foot-4 prospect recalled. "It was just the normal stuff. We took tours of everything from academics to athletics. My player host took us out. We went to the Memphis versus Louisville basketball game. That was probably my favorite part.
"My host was Charles Harris. He told me a lot about Memphis because he was a local kid. He was a real nice and respectable guy. I had a good time."
While touring the campus and hanging out with players is important, so is developing that relationship with the coaching staff. The Sparks (NV) product spent time with defensive coordinator Barry Odom among other coaches. That left a big impression on the talented linebacker.
"I talked to all of the coaches," Arciniega offered. "I met with the defensive coordinator. He kept telling me that I hold the keys for the defense. He said they are very interested in me. They think I'm the missing link to the defense and they want me to ‘take the keys.'"
Prior to this visit, Arciniega wanted to take another visit to compare to Syracuse. Now that he does, he insists neither was better than the other. He still needs to take some time to think things over.
"They both their pros and cons," Arciniega admitted. "I wouldn't say one was better, I would just say they were unique in their own way. I'm still kind of weighing my options right now. I'm not really leaning any way because I still need to down with my family and talk to my coach from Sierra and go from there.
"I'm hoping to make a decision soon if nothing else comes up big. I can't really say when but I'm hoping soon. Like I said, I don't want to put anyone over each other. They're different their own ways."
Both schools have already had in-home visits with Arciniega, and neither have planned visits this upcoming week. A decision is expected soon, and Syracuse and Memphis appear to be neck and neck for his services.