Countryman enjoys ASU visit

Last Friday Cameron Countryman was in the state of Arizona on a brief family trip, and took advantage of this opportunity to take a short unofficial visit to ASU's campus. The Beverly Hills (Calif.) athlete talked to Devils Digest about his impressions of the Sun Devil program after that jaunt.

"I flew in with my parents on Friday morning to attend my cousin's graduation at the University of Arizona," Countryman said. "On the way back to the Phoenix airport before we flew back home we stopped over at Arizona State and met with (wide receivers) coach Broussard. The visit went well and we got to see the bubble (indoor practice facility), all the facilities, the dorms and some classrooms on campus. It was real cool.

"The dorms, the facilities and the academic support probably impressed me the most on the visit."

The 5-11 165 Cameron Countryman, who reported a 40-yard time of 4.47, 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. Some of his suitors are recruiting his as an athlete, yet ASU sees him as a wide receiver.

"Coach Broussard told me that he sees me as a speed receiver playing in the slot," Countryman stated. "He said that I have good hands and do a good job getting yards (after the catch). They (ASU) run a spread offense that can speed things up or slow it down and they have a good quarterback. So they need receivers that can make that deep play and if I went there I think I can be that receiver that makes big plays down the field."

In previous interviews the Beverly Hills standout stressed the importance of academics as one of the main factors he will consider when he does settle on the college of his choice. In fact, one of his offers actually comes from Harvard.

"I really like the academic support that Arizona State has," Countryman commented. "They have tutors if you need help with your studies and they encourage you to get your Master's after you get your (Bachelor's) degree. I'm not sure what I want to major in yet, probably in business or economics."

Aside from ASU and Harvard, Colorado, Idaho and Montana all offered Countryman as well, who is planning unofficial visits to some of the other programs pursuing him.

"I'm planning to check out Colorado, Harvard and Cal," Countryman said. "I might go to some combines too but my first priority is to get ready for my senior year. I want to be as focused as I can be and help my teammates have the most successful season we can have.

"I don't know if I will make a decision before the season ends and if I have to decide after I'm done playing then that's what I'll do. I can't be worrying just about myself; I owe it to my teammates to work hard this season and be focused on the team."

ASU was the first BCS school to offer Countryman and now that he had a chance to encounter the program first hand, he is naturally viewing ASU in even a more favorable light.

"Arizona State is a school that I consider myself possibly playing for, definitely," Countryman admitted. "I'm not putting them against any other school because I need to check all of them out and then narrow down my list to my top five.

"I really enjoy coach Broussard and how he is recruiting me. He kept everything real and answered any questions that I had during the visit. I really respected that because I know there are some coaches trying to sell their program as something that it isn't and coach Broussard doesn't do that."

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