(6-4, 270) flew into Fresno early Saturday morning two days after Thanksgiving. Coming from the Valley of the Sun, he wasn't going to fly in, watch Fresno State
play Idaho, and fly out without getting a feel for the school, football program, and coaching staff.
While Fresno State was and is his only offer, Archuleta had visited plenty of schools that were recruiting him in some capacity including Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Northern Arizona, UCLA, and UNLV.
"I liked it more than any other visit," Archuleta said of Fresno State. "I really like the coaching staff…I got to spend two days to see what they do…[OL] Coach [Derek] Frazier and Coach [Pat] Hill really caught my attention."
The coaches took him on a campus tour in a golf cart, they showed him the facilities, and they introduced him to future teammates.
The Bulldogs are recruiting Archuleta to play left guard – the same position he currently plays for nationally ranked Hamilton. He says the coaches envision him along side a fellow Arizona high school product – true freshman offensive tackle Andrew Gustafson. But during his visit, he spent time with another Andrew – Fresno State right guard Andrew Jackson.
"The coaches had me talk to Andrew [Jackson] a lot…he's a humble for how good he is."
Archuleta received his offer from Fresno State the Monday before the Idaho game. "Fresno State didn't really start recruiting me until two months ago," he says. "They started talking with my coaches for a few weeks and then they talked me. Coach Hill told me he only offers in person and wouldn't offer me until my official visit…then he called and said after watching my game film again, he wanted to make sure I had an offer."
Days after receiving the scholarship offer, he gave Hill a verbal commitment during his unofficial visit. Archuleta admits he didn't know too much about Fresno State before they started recruiting him. But the same can't be said about his father.
"My dad liked Fresno State," said Archuleta. "He hoped I'd hear from them….ever since I started high school, he had an eye on them…he heard about Coach Hill and how good of a program it is."
As for Archuleta's view on the program after taking his first trip to Fresno…"I liked the facilities, I liked the weight room….I like the fact that they don't stay in dorms…I like how they play actual teams and not DIAA teams."
Due to the Bulldogs Dec. 18 Humanitarian Bowl vs. Northern Illinois, Archuleta had to reschedule his Dec. 17 official visit to Jan. 14. Teammate Kyren Poe will visit the same weekend as well.
Academically, he reports a 2.4 core GPA. He scored a 980 on the SAT two-part.
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