Goforth follows teammate, commits to ASU

As it turns out, Josiah Blandin who pledged to the maroon and gold yesterday wasn't the only Long Beach (Calif.) Poly player who enjoyed ASU's Junior Day this past weekend. Teammate Randall Goforth called up the ASU coaches on Wednesday afternoon informing them that he will be the second 2012 Jackrabbit prospect to commit to Arizona State.

"I sat down with my parents after I came back from Arizona State," said the 5-10 160 Randall Goforth. "I told them that I felt a bond when I went up there to visit. I really like the coaches, the players, the campus, the facilities…everything fit it and it felt like home.

"My parents told me that if I felt that this is the school for me then I should go ahead with my decision and commit. I talked it over with them, with my friends, my boy Josiah (Blandin) and I decided to commit. It's good to get this out of the way and not be stressed out about recruiting my senior year and just focus on having a good year and improving."

Goforth added that he would have probably pledged to the Sun Devils regardless of Blandin's action, yet he's naturally happy that he will have a familiar face joining him in Tempe.

Goforth played both corner and wide receiver and it is the later position that he has been recruited as by ASU. He caught 14 balls for 245 yards and one touchdown and on special teams he averaged 14.9 yards a punt return and 29.8 yards per kick return.

The Long Beach Polly athlete commented that both head coach Dennis Erickson and wide receivers coach Steve Broussard (who is also his recruiting coach) discussed with him at length how he could benefit the Sun Devils.

"They both told me how much they wanted me in the program and I took that to heart," Goforth said. "That was a big reason for me committing. They said I'm an explosive wide receiver that can make plays and that's how I feel too. I'm a smart player on the field too. I can play both inside and outside receiver.

"I have good enough quick speed (reported a 40-time of 4.5) for an inside receiver, but I feel that I am also a good technician with my route running and my hands. I do want to get faster and stronger by the time I get to college."

Like Blandin, Goforth was offered by ASU a couple of months ago and his only other offer was Northern Arizona. According to ASU's newest commit, Pac-12 foes Washington and California, as well as Nevada have been recruiting him in earnest and he feel that one of those programs or all three could offer him as well.

ASU's two latest pledges were joined last weekend in Tempe by their teammates wide receiver Richard Smith and linebackers Matt Rowe and Salamo Fiso, all whom were offered by the Sun Devils. Goforth feels that with this core of players and other teammates the Jackrabbits can certainly improve on the 8-3 record they had last year.

"We have a lot of good players returning on both offense and defense and I think we can contend for a championship," Goforth remarked. "This is the year that we feel could be a big year for us. When all of us were eighth graders we all decided to come to Long Beach Polly together and now it's cool that we are all leaving the school together."

So is Goforth the last Jackrabbit 2012 prospect to commit to ASU? Don't count on it was his reply.

"All of us loved the school when we visited," Goforth said. "We all want to go to the same college and Arizona State might be getting some more calls here from Long Beach Polly. We want to get a national championship both in high school and college."


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