Kathleen HS trio visits ASU

After landing one player from Lakeland Fla., Devin Goodman, the Sun Devils are looking to possibly add some more talent from that area. Kathleen High School players Gionni Paul (pictured), Jevon Brown and Victor Troutman visited Tempe this past weekend and talked to Devils Digest about their trip.

Gionni Paul is a 6-0 223 weak side linebacker who has already attracted offers from LSU, Auburn, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss among others.

"The visit was really good," said Paul of his trip to Arizona State. "I got to hang out with Vontaze (Burfict) and I just love how he and the rest of the defense flies around to the ball. I love the campus and the relationship between the players and the coaches."

The linebacker, who could graduate in December and enroll in college in the spring, was offered a month ago by the Sun Devils, and plans to take his time as he explores his other options.

"I really like ASU but I'm going to look at other schools and visit them before I make a decision," Paul commented. "I visited Louisville, and I'm going to visit Auburn, Tennessee and LSU and I probably won't make a decision before I visit all those schools.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff and just a place where I really can feel that this is the right place for me."

The speedy linebacker, who attends the same school as NFL linebacker Ray Lewis, finished his junior season posting 159 tackles and six interceptions for the Devils. He also collected four rushing touchdowns during that year. Paul reports weight room marks of 365-pounds benching, and 485 squatting as well as a 39-inch vertical jump.

Paul also runs track and may consider doing both in college. He runs the 100m (11.7) and 200m (25.2). Paul also participates in the long jump (24-feet) and triple jump (42-feet).

Through seven games (Kathleen now sits at a 6-2 record) Paul said he averages 20 tackles per game and has scored seven touchdowns (five rushing and two off interceptions).

Defensive lineman 6-2 250 Jevon Brown and 5-10 150 cornerback Victor Troutman haven't been offered by ASU as of yet but the tandem feels that an offer could be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

"I loved the weather and how the team had strong chemistry," Troutman said. "I know they had some rough games this year but they showed in this (Washington State) game that they still are a good team that can come out and do a good job."

The Devils' corner is also an All-State track and field athlete in the high jump, long jump and triple jump events. "If I came to Arizona State I would like to do track and field too," he noted.

Troutman has offers from West Virginia and Washington State and plans to visit those schools in the future. He mentioned that Kansas and Cincinnati have been recruiting him hard in recent weeks.

"I'm planning to make my decision sometime in January," Troutman said.

Brown has been offered by Ohio and Florida Atlantic but would love nothing else than to add an offer from the maroon and gold.

"It was a good visit, I really loved it," Brown said. "All the players and coaches were cool and I want to play here. I liked touring the campus and the facilities. The whole environment was really nice.

"They said they are going to talk about it more and I hope that they do offer me in the next few weeks. Coach Bryce (Erickson) is going to come down to see me so we'll see what happens. I really hope to get that opportunity to play here."

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