Will Regan, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Buffalo (N.Y.) Nichols School, is about to set off on an aggressive and busy visit schedule this fall. The Rivals150 prospect will be making the trek west this weekend.
Regan will visit Arizona State this weekend for the big football game against Georgia. The trip west will be the first of several this fall. He also plans on seeing Penn State (Sept. 27-28), Notre Dame (Oct. 3-4), Michigan (Oct. 24-25) and Maryland (Nov. 14-15).
The Rivals150 prospect said he hopes to gain new knowledge about each of the schools over the couple of months.
"The visits itself are important. I'll get a chance to see the campuses. I've been to some before but I haven't had a chance to see the campuses when school was in session. I'll be able to see more now with what the school looks like when it is in session. That'll be nice. I'll be able to meet the coaches again and go beyond the little talks I've had with them before," Regan said.
"Last time I was at Arizona State, I was with coach Phelps and now he's not there. So I'll be able to meet the new coaches and spend more time with coach Sendek. With Penn State, it's kind of the same thing. I'll get to see the campus. Notre Dame, I'll get to see their campus better and get to know their coaches better. I think I'll be able see some practices later in the fall, like at Michigan and Maryland. I want to be able to get the basketball perspective, too."
While still very open in his recruitment, Regan said the visits will play a big part in his college decision, whenever that day comes. He said he hopes to see every aspect of the school outside of basketball.
"The ability to see the campus is so important. I'd say it's probably one third of my decision," he said. "You hear so many things so just to see it and be on campus is part of it. I don't want to go to a school that I'm not going to enjoy being at the whole time. That's where you at and you have to enjoy where you are when you aren't playing basketball."
A handful of schools have been in to see him play over the last week. Arizona State, Stanford, Michigan and Vanderbilt have all come to his school.
With the slate of visits and two more years of high school ahead of him, the nationally-ranked prospect said he is trying to find the little things in each school in order to find that final one.
"Every school has a different way of trying to get your attention. You kind of notice that. They all have the same pitch so you don't really notice one school more than the other," he said. "You get an idea as to who is showing you the most interest. All of the schools are showing about the same amount of interest. No one is standing out more than the other."