In an unprecedented move to get an early start on in-state recruiting, Arizona State offered at least 12 of the state’s top freshmen football scholarships on Thursday.
Known to be offered:
American Leadership-Queen Creek running back Aziya Jamison, Goodyear Desert Edge offensive lineman Gavin Broscious, Desert Vista RB Devon Grubbs, Gilbert Higley OL Trent Ramsey, Gilbert Perry OL Trevor Swan, Scottsdale Notre Dame Athlete Gavin Smith (brother of Gatorade National Player of the Year Jake Smith), Scottsdale Saguaro WR Shawn Miller, Phoenix Arcadia defensive end Tucker Wilburn, and the Chandler quartet of wide receiver Kyion Graves, RB Quaron Adams, WR Nason Coleman and defensive tackle Micah Lutu.
“Never been done before,” Higley coach Eddy Zubey said when asked if ASU has ever offered so many Arizona high school freshmen at one time. “They gathered the top freshmen to ASU (on Thursday). They didn’t offer all of them. But they offered some of them.”
Zubey was so stunned by Ramsey’s offer, that he double checked with new ASU running backs coach Shaun Aguano.
“I had a text from Trent,” Zubey said. “Sometimes, it could be nothing more than, ‘We really like you.’ I had to call Shaun. I said, ‘Did you guys offer Trent?’ He said, ‘Absolutely, Coach.’ I didn’t want to put it out there (on social media) if it wasn’t true.”
Zubey credits Donnie Yantis and Aguano, who are a part of ASU’s recruiting. Both planted their coaching roots in Arizona high schools — Yantis at Paradise Valley and Aguano at Chandler.
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Chandler won its third straight 6A title and fourth in five years last season under Aguano.
“It puts ASU in the forefront of all of these kids’ minds,” said Zubey, who was an offensive lineman at ASU and a graduate assistant there. “One of the knocks has been they don’t recruit Arizona enough.
“You always remember your first offer.”
Actually, this was the second offer for Jamison, who picked up his first from BYU.
Jamison was thrilled to get the ASU offer.
“It means everything to me,” he said. “I’ve been pushing my whole life to get where I am today, but now I realize it’s only the beginning.
“ASU is a college I’ve always wanted to go to and the only thing this offer is going to do for me is to make me go harder than I’ve gone in the past and continue to push myself even when I want to quit.”
Same goes for Broscious, who is already 6-foot-4, 280 pounds and started on varsity last season as a freshman.
“I’m extremely excited to have received an offer from ASU,” Broscious said. “It means the world to me and I’m very humbled by it.”
Adams, who can play slot receiver and tailback and helped Chandler dominate on the freshman level last season, calls the ASU offer “a true blessing to be offered as a freshman.”
“I will continue to work hard not only on the field and track, but also in the classroom,” Adams said. ” and I just want to thank Coach Aguano and the rest of the coaching staff for having me there. It was a great experience to get to tour the facility and meet the coaches.”
Who knows if these are commitable offers, but they’re offers. And that generated excitement.
It’s going to take time to see how this 2022 class develops. The Arizona Republic just completed its Fab 50, looking at the top 2022 football prospects.
It’s always a crap shoot on how they will mature.
But it’s a start. And if ASU might be too late on the the loaded 2020 group from Arizona, this will leave an imprint on today’s freshmen.
“Those guys in the 2020 class, they already have at least 10 offers,” Zubey said. “For those guys to get offered now going into their senior year, it’s ‘ho-hum, add it to the pile.’
“Maybe this helps out.”