Recruiting Future Teammates

John Archuleta

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton offensive guard John Archuleta made his verbal commitment to Fresno State in November but took his official visit this weekend. He tells us he bonded with the others also taking visits, and he was doing his best to recruit them to become future Bulldogs as well. Check inside for more details…

It happens at most schools and it most recruiting classes. Recruits recruit other recruits. And John Archuleta is no different.

He is one of the more committed prospects you'll find in Fresno State's 2011 class, hence his jubilance to recruit future teammates. "I don't answer, I just ignore them," he says of other schools that try to call him. He's not sure about his other offers nor does he care.

"It was really good," he said of his official visit to Bulldogs. "I roomed with Paul Rodriguez."

Rodriguez is talented offensive tackle out of San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio that is verbally committed to San Diego State.

Archuleta says Rodriguez is taking trips because former SDSU head coach Brady Hoke left for Michigan. "He said he liked Fresno," added Archuleta. "I'm working on Paul. Me and him became like best friends on the trip."

He also bonded with San Dimas (Calif.) guard Allen Brown, who did make a verbal commit to the Bulldogs on Sunday.

"I'm going to play left guard," added Archuleta. "Allen Brown, he's a right guard."

A pair of interior lineman hosted Archuleta on his official visit – Matt Hunt and Richard Helepiko. "They were good [hosts]," he said. "Travis [Brown], the linebacker, and Cody Wichmann also hosted me. I had a few of them."

This was Archuleta's second visit to Fresno after taking an unofficial visit the weekend after Thanksgiving. "I was more impressed than last time. Fresno is really behind the football program. I like Coach [Pat] Hill, Coach [Derek] Frazier, and Coach [Jeff] Grady."

The Bulldogs are targeting offensive linemen furiously as four seniors depart from the 2010 team. With the lack of depth up front incoming freshmen will have chance to make an impact in 2011, Archuleta is no exception. He is working hard in the offseason. His mindset is not to redshirt, as the coaches explained to him.

"[Coaches] said come in to try and earn a spot," said Archuleta. "They said I have a really good chance at the two-deep."

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