Sun Devils lead for Colorado defensive end

Michael Mann has been pursued for a while by Arizona State and those efforts just may end up paying dividends for the maroon and gold.

The 6-5 230 Michael Mann was offered a scholarship during ASU's Junior Day in the beginning of April. The Highlands Ranch (Col.) defensive end already held Arizona State in high regard prior to his unofficial visit and his Tempe trip only further validated those sentiments.

"I was expecting an offer when I got there because I got an informal offer before Junior Day," Mann explained. "But I was excited when the head coach met with me and offered me. I really enjoyed my time there. The first thing that stood out to me was the coaching staff; they were very nice, down to earth and approachable. They all seem like coaches I could get along with for four years. The facilities were top of the line, and I like the campus in general. The whole event was first class and very well organized.

"I have been in contact with the coaches a lot since Junior Day and I just got a good feel from them."

Mann is being recruited by defensive line coach Scott Brown, as well as linebackers coach Trent Bray. "Coach Brown knew of me when he was at Colorado State," Mann stated. "They (CSU) were actually the first school to offer me but that's after coach Brown left."

As a junior Mann collected 56 tackles and five sacks. He reported a 4.8 mark in the 40-yard dash.

"Coach Brown said he likes my quickness and speed off the edge," Mann commented, "and also my effort because I never give up on any play. He sees me a good pass rusher with good hands and good technique.

"I would like to get stronger and bigger and that's something I can do in the weight room. I would like to work more on more run defense and my technique."

Mann indicated that he did follow the Sun Devils last year and was impressed by their defense.

"I really like their 4-3 scheme and I think that I would fit in that type of style," Mann pointed out. "I like how aggressively and fast they played and in my opinion they are one of the best defenses in the Pac-12."

The defensive end visited California, Stanford and San Diego State, and said that he believes that all three schools could offer him in the future as well as Air Force. He added that he has no plans to attend any combines or camps in the summer.

Mann was one of the stars on the Valor Christian High School team and was part of a defense which not only won a state championship in their first year playing at the 4A level, but also was featured on a unit that allowed fewer than 10 points a game last season. The Eagles finished 12-3 in 2010 and were also state champions in 2009, their last campaign as a 3A school.

"We only graduated six or seven seniors from last year we definitely have a great shot of winning it again," Mann said of his team's prospects.

Mann remarked that he is looking to make an early decision and doesn't intend to drag his resolution into his senior season.

"I'm looking to make my decision probably in early July and I'm feeling very good about Arizona State," Mann said. "When I will choose a school I will look for a good environment because it's going be a place where I'm going to spend the next four, five years. I want to go to go to a school with good academics, good coaches and good campus life."

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