Devils land first pledge of 2012 class

Upland (Calif.) WR Kenny Lawler has never been to Arizona State, but his exposure from afar led him to commit to the Sun Devils on Monday.

"Arizona State offered me in December and were my first offer," said the 6-3 180 Kenny Lawler. "So I was interested in them since then. I called coach Erickson today and committed. (Wide Receivers) Coach Broussard has been recruiting me and I have a good relationship with him. I really like how Arizona State uses the wide receivers in their offense. He told me that I can really help their offense a lot.

"This is a great program, and coach Erickson is a great coach who won two championships with Miami. He coached some great players and great receivers who are now in the NFL. As long as coach Erickson will be coaching there that's where I want to play. This is a good fit for me so that's why I committed now."

Oregon, Washington, Boise State and UCLA are some of the other schools who showed interest in Lawler.

As a junior Lawler hauled in 42 passes for 887 yards and nine touchdowns for the 8-4 Highlanders. He also scored a rushing TD. On defense he posted 19 tackles and on special teams he had four kickoff returns averaging 37.5 yards.

"Lawler is tall and lanky, with good quickness of the ball and good hands," said's Southern California Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman. "He's a solid route-runner, but needs to be a bit more physical against defenders, so he'll need to add some weight."

The Sun Devil pledge said that his speed, deep threat ability and his skills as a blocker have all caught the eye of the ASU coaches.

"I play basketball too and that helps me with my leaping ability," Lawler commented. "It also helps me catch the ball in traffic."

Lawler is friends with ASU sophomore cornerback Osahon Irabor, which is something that obviously had part in his decision. "He told me how much he liked up here and how cool the campus is," Lawler commented. "He told me this was a good program. Watching them play on TV…I'm excited to play in their spread offense."

The wide receiver plans to visit Tempe for the first time during ASU's Junior Day on April 2nd, and plans to attend the team's summer camp in June.

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