Eubank gets offered on ASU visit

The biggest mystery in the 2011 recruiting class is a mystery no more. Despite being one of the top California signal callers this season Corona Centennial QB Michael Eubank, sporting an 8-0 record, was still seeking an offer from a BCS school. That wait came to an end this weekend as he visited the Sun Devils and left Tempe with this coveted offer.

"It feels great. It lifted up a lot of stress off of me," said Michael Eubank on the ASU offer. "During the process of me talking to Arizona State they told me that they were seriously thinking about offering me during the trip or right after. So I guess I did expect the offer to come and I'm very happy it did."

Eubank added that he will be recruited to ASU as nothing else but a quarterback, and that fact was very important to him.

The quarterback was hosted by wide receiver T.J. Simpson and Eubank naturally spent some time with the other Centennial players on the Sun Devils' roster such as Will Sutton, Vontaze Burfict and Brandon Magee.

"I really got to get the feel and the vibe of this team," Eubank noted. "They really have a cool team environment there. That's a big part of my high school team – how close we are not only on the field but also outside the locker room. We clown each other constantly at Centennial but we are brothers too, and that was cool to see players in college go at each other pretty hard but then hug each other in the end. "

Having said that, Eubank claimed that the several Corona Centennial players on ASU's roster won't play a major factor in his decision on which school to verbal to.

"Either way the decision is about where I am going to live the next four years of my life," Eubank explained. "It's not about which of my former high school teammates is or isn't there. I'm expecting them to pressure me but they know I have to make a good decision."

Eubank commented that ASU's offensive coordinator, Noel Mazzone, likes his ability to scramble in the zone read offense and after watching the Sun Devils blank Washington State on Saturday 42-0 he feels that this is a dimension that he could bring to the table if he did pledge to the maroon and gold.

"The offense was doing exactly what they were supposed to do," Eubank said. "Obviously the offense did very well in that game. Having a quarterback that runs can open up a lot of more things for this offense not only in the passing game but also in the running game. That can really spread the offense and the defense really wouldn't know which way it's coming."

Ironically, Eubank officially visited Tempe on the same weekend that ASU QB commit Michael Bercovici did. The Centennial High School star stated that he isn't deterred by the fact that the Sun Devils already have a signal caller in the fold for this recruiting class.

""Anywhere I commit there will be competition," Eubank remarked. "That will happen no matter where you are."

As much as Eubank is elated with this ASU offer, it hasn't changed his mindset concerning his personal recruiting process.

"The more (BSC) offers the merrier," Eubank confessed. "Good things come to those who wait and I have been patient so far and I'll continue to be patient and see what comes my way."

Eubank discussed the factors that will influence his decision.

"When I look at schools I'm looking at the amount of football players that they graduate," Eubank said. "I'm going to look at the academics of a school. I'm also looking to see if a team is really a team or just a bunch of people with egos. I'm looking for a family.

"I was definitely impressed with ASU's academics and didn't know there were this good. My mother was on the visit with me and she was impressed a lot with that too. She had a lot of her questions answered before she even asked them so that is always a good thing."

Eubank stated that Vanderbilt and Washington have been stepping up their recruiting efforts as of late, and that he does expect one of those programs or both to also offer him.

"I'm going to try and wait until January before I make a decision," Eubank commented. "I want to make sure that I get my team to the state championship before I even focus on where I go to college. I want to make sure my high school career is complete first."

Through eight games Eubanks has converted 70.5 percent of his passes (79 of 112) for 1,256 yards, and three for 11 touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 56 yards (averaging over 11 yards a carry) and scored nine touchdowns.

"I really improved on my accuracy and touch on my passes," Eubanks said. "Before I would just throw straight darts and now I'm hitting my passes on the front shoulder or the back shoulder, getting it to where it needs to go and give the receiver a chance to make a play."


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