Bishop finds the right fit at ASU

With the heartbreak the Sun Devil nation has endured this past weekend in regards to its 2011 recruiting class you figured the tide had to eventually turn in favor of Arizona State. Today may be just the start of that trend. On Monday afternoon Denver (Colo.) East High School safety Ezekiel Bishop, who was a commit to the University of Arizona, has decided to pledge to the maroon and gold.

The 5-10 170 Ezekiel Bishop committed to Arizona last summer, but was starting to be pursued by the Arizona State in the fall. The safety never rejected the Sun Devils' overtures and when Wildcat assistant Greg Brown, who was Bishop's recruiting coach, departed Arizona at season's end, the door was swung open even wider for ASU.

The ASU coaching staff, headed by linebackers coach Trent Bray, visited Bishop at his house in early January and consequently the safety visited Tempe the weekend of January 21st. Needless to say that the entire recruiting experience with the Sun Devils was one that deeply impressed the safety and ultimately brought him to his change of heart.

"I feel at ease right now," Bishop told Devils Digest Monday evening. "It feels great because I know ASU is the right spot for me the next four, five years. I feel that everything worked out the way it was supposed to. I love the school, the players and the coaches. The academic support there was a huge part. Just the whole Tempe-ASU environment as great."

The safety admitted that decommiting from the Sun Devils' archrival wasn't any an easy decision to arrive at.

"They are a good team," Bishop stated. "It was a hard decision. But ASU…they just feel like the right fit for me."

The Denver East Angeles finished 6-4 this last season, losing in the first round of the playoffs. Bishop recorded 84 tackles his senior year playing mostly linebacker, and posted four sacks, three passes defended and two blocked punts. On special teams he averaged 23.7 yards per punt return. The safety was named to the Denver Post All-Colorado football team.

Bishop prides himself as a physical player and sure tackler, and he feels that his style of play is a very good match to the ASU defense.

"That defense balls hard every play," Bishop explained, "and just flies to the ball. Playing with Junior (Onyeali) is a great honor because I saw how great he was when he played up here (at Denver Mullen). He won Pac-10 (defensive) freshmen of the year so it will be great playing with him. I played against Matt Tucker in high school so it will be cool playing with him too. No. 7 the linebacker (Vontaze Burfict) he's just a beast.

"I really feel that the ASU defense fits my personality as a player. Coach Burns told me that he likes how when I tackle I sacrifice my body and I'm not afraid to go out there and hit. I feel that this describes me exactly how I am as a player and that's what I want to bring to ASU."

Bishop said that he won't waste any time faxing his letter of intent on Wednesday.

"I'm going to fax it at 7:30 before classes start," he said. "I'm going to do it early right when I get to school."

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