Pedroza fulfills dream with ASU pledge

It certainly has been an interesting recruiting journey for Quinton Pedroza, yet ultimately it ended fulfilling his wish. Sort of. The Chino (Calif.) athlete has always envisioned himself playing baseball for the Sun Devils, but following his pledge earlier this week he will be actually donning the maroon and gold on the gridiron.

"I am very excited," said Quinton Pedroza on Wednesday afternoon. "Ever since I was a kid I wanted to play baseball at Arizona State. I always liked it and I was looking to enroll there and possibly walk on the team (as an outfielder). I played baseball my first three years in high school and only started playing football this year.

"I figured it was my last time to play football in high school but I didn't play in previous years because I didn't get along with the coaches who were here. I knew I had talent for football, but I never expected to be like this. I gave it a good shot and had a good year."

In the 2010 season the 6-3 205 Pedroza played both as a wide receiver and a defensive back for the 11-1 Cowboys. On offense he hauled in 54 catches for 1,078 yards and 16 TD's. He also posted two rushing scores. On defense he collected 67 total tackles, four interceptions and two defended passes. He averaged over 15 yards per punt return and over 31 yards per kick return.

Pedroza reported a 40-yard time of 4.49.

"I knew I could make a difference in the program," Pedroza claimed, "but never thought I could make as much difference as I did."

The Chino standout met Sun Devil wide receivers coach, Steve Broussard in mid-December for the first time. By then Pedroza already had scholarship offers from Boise State and Utah State (the University of Utah ironically offered Pedroza just days before he committed to ASU).

"I gave him my highlight tape and when he saw it he said that he was really impressed," Pedroza recalled. "Last week they offered me and came in for an in-home visit with my family. I really got a good feel for the program and knew that this is where I need to be. It looks like a great atmosphere. I always had a gut feel that I would like it there, so why not take the opportunity?"

Pedroza stated that coach Broussard was impressed with his receiving skills, but that he is being recruited as an athlete. "I know that I still have a lot to improve on and get stronger," Pedroza acknowledged. "I know it's going to be a higher level of competition there and I'll have to earn my spot."

Pedroza added that he hasn't made any contact yet with the ASU baseball staff, but plans to do so in the future.

"I would like to play both sports if it works out," Pedroza commented.

Yet, even if Pedroza ends up pursuing just his newest sport, he could not be happier with how things have transpired.

"It hasn't caught up to me yet," Pedroza confessed. "It's still unbelievable to me. Playing my first year of football in high school and getting all these offers…it's a blessing."


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