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Harper Sherman

The New Westminster (B.C.) offensive lineman, Harper Sherman, is on UCLA's radar...

New Westminster (B.C.) offensive lineman Harper Sherman (6-4.5, 270) is one of the top prospects in Canada in the 2015 class.

Sherman boasts seven offers and more schools could be getting involved.

"I have seven offers right now, from Arizona, Cal, Wyoming, Nevada, Washington State, UTEP and San Diego State," said Sherman.

A few more Pac-12 schools are watching him too and he'll camp with three of them.

"UCLA (Mike Tuiasosopo) talked with my coach a bit and seem really interested and I'm going to camps at Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State," said Sherman.

Sherman has been talking with the Oregon and Oregon State camps for some time and thinks they could be close.

"We've been messaging back and forth and they could be offering soon," said Sherman. "Maybe after their camp."

He'll camp first Washington State then Washington then do the Oregon camps after.

Nevada was the first to offer Sherman, doing so a year ago, and more offered during the spring.

"They saw my film and my coach worked it out for me to go to their camp and based on how I did at their camp, they offered me," said Sherman.

Sherman hasn't had a chance to visit any schools this spring, but the camp circuit will allow for him to see the four Pac-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest.

His prep coach, Farhan Lalji, is a longtime coach at New Westminster and a nationally known CFL writer and television personality.

"My coach has a lot of contacts at D-I schools so it definitely helps me out and getting me more exposure," said Sherman.

Earlier this week, another Canadian prospect, Neville Gallimore, who UCLA is also recruiting, starred at the Columbus NFTC.

Sherman said he's proud that he and Gallimore are representing Canada in recruiting.

"I think it's great and Neville and I are kind of leading the path for players after us and showing the kind of talent that is up here," said Sherman.

Sherman said one of the biggest questions he's had to answer this spring is about the competition level he plays in Canada.

"I think the competition factor is one of the biggest things that worries people," said Sherman. "I think coaches think because we're in Canada, we don't have the competition, but I don't think that it's too much of a factor. We play with American football rules here. For our spring game, we go down and play Blaine (in Washington) and last year we played Sequim (also in Washington)."

Sherman said he grew up a fan of the Canadian Football League and only since he started play in high school has he started to pay attention to college football.

"Honestly I was more of a CFL fan but as soon as I got into high school I started noticing college football more and got really into it and my dream was to be a D-I football," said Sherman.

It wasn't long after that Sherman realized there could be a chance to play in college in the U.S.

"I think when I first wanted to be a college football player, I sat down with my coach and we discussed the possibility," said Sherman. "I went to an FBU camp and I think I showed I had D-I ability and it gave me the confidence in this whole recruiting process."

Sherman said having college coaches stop in this spring was big, not just for him, but Canadian prospects in general.

"It was actually really cool that they take this whole trip up here," said Sherman. "It makes you feel really honored. And to have that exposure for me, it showed that we have the talent in the rest of Canada."

Sherman said most schools are recruiting him as a general offensive lineman.

"I'm not quite sure what they foresee me playing in college," said Sherman. "I'd obviously prefer tackle because that's where I'm comfortable, but I'll play whatever I'm asked."

Sherman said he doesn't have a set timeframe for a decision.

"I'm not quite sure about when I will commit," said Sherman. "I might make my decision earlier but I probably won't wait until December. I do want to go on some visits though."

Academically, Sherman has already taken the SAT and the ACT and is already NCAA qualified.

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