Beverly Hills athlete offered by ASU

These days Cameron Countryman is consumed with his track career, but that hasn't hurt his football recruiting one bit. The Sun Devils are one of several Pac-12 programs pursuing the Beverly Hills (Calif.) athlete and today ASU became the first BCS conference school to extend an offer to him.

"I was surprised to get the Arizona State offer today," said the 5-11 165 Cameron Countryman who called ASU wide receivers coach Steve Broussard who delivered the good news to him. "The only offer I got until now was from Montana so it was cool getting an offer from a big school. Harvard, Cal, USC and Arizona are all recruiting me and could offer me soon.

"I watched a lot of ASU games last year and I love their spread offense and how they throw the ball a lot. I'm planning to go to their camp on June 12th and I'll probably get to know the school even more then. I was on campus there once before just because I have family that leaves nearby."

Countryman has been bouncing between playing quarterback as a sophomore (also played as a defensive back that season), wide receiver as a junior, and likely back to playing quarterback this coming season as a senior.

"Arizona State is recruiting me as a wide receiver," Countryman remarked. "I run a 4.47 so coaches like my speed and how I can break my defender down. They also like my route running and how I can be tricky and deceive the corner defending me. I'm not the biggest receiver but I‘m able to beat my man just running by them.

"Some schools are recruiting me as an athlete, but I know I'm probably going to be a slot receiver in college and I try to model my game after DeSean Jackson. I really don't care what position I play as long as it gets me on the field."

As a junior Countryman, who missed three games due to shoulder surgery, collected 616 receiving yards averaging over 25 yards a catch and scored five touchdowns in seven games for the 6-5 Normans. He was voted All-Ocean League, All-CIF, as well as his team's MVP on offense.

Countryman said that due to his track schedule he has already declined invites to a few combines, as well as the USC team camp. He reported marks of 10.82 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.9 seconds in the 200 meters and expects to improve on those personal records in the next couple of months. As a sophomore he anchored the Normans' 4X100 relay squad that placed 5th in the state and also received All-League, All-CIF, All-State honors in that sport.

"I do plan to check out more camps after track season is over," Countryman stated. "I want to check as many of the schools that are recruiting me and probably make a decision sometime during the season.

"I want to go to a school in a good location with good weather that has a style of play that suits my skills and has good academics."


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