Texas LB has ASU on his short list

Compared to recent years, the 2012 recruiting cycle has found the Sun Devils making a stronger effort to recruit the state of Texas. While it is premature to measure the rate of the success of that initiative, prospects such as Ryan Flannigan have been receptive so far to the Sun Devils' recruiting efforts.

"Recruiting is going well with Arizona State," said the 6-1 200 Ryan Flannigan. "(defensive line) Coach Brown has been to my school to watch me practice and has been keeping in contact with me. They offered me a month ago and I got to talk on the phone with coach Brown and also their linebackers coach (Trent Bray).

"I didn't watch them on TV last year, but I got to see a DVD of their highlights. I really like how their linebackers play, especially Vontaze Burfict. I can tell that coach Bray does a really good job with them. I heard that it's a good program and that it's really nice down there. They have a good graduation rate and from what I saw online the campus is really nice and located in a nice area."

Last season was a trying one for Flannigan as the Buffaloes finished 2-8. Nonetheless, pacing his team with 120 tackles and recording eight sacks have garnered the attention of several schools including ASU. The linebacker reported a 40-yard time of 4.56, and in the weight room he reported marks of 335 lbs. benching and 450 squatting.

"Coach Bray likes how I play sideline to sideline and how quick I get to the ball," Flannigan commented. "He said that if I came down there and played I could make an impact at linebacker. I do a good job reading the play and closing quickly on the ball. Because of my speed the offensive line has a hard time blocking me and I do a good job making tackles too."

Last week in efforts to keep his options open Flannigan decommitted from Baylor, but he still has the Bears in his top four along with ASU, Texas Tech and Boise State. Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and San Diego State are some of the other programs that have offered the linebacker.

"With my high school having a bad year last season I feel fortunate to have all these offers," Flannigan admitted. "I think we are going to have a much better year next year because we have a lot of experienced players returning.

"I'm enjoying the whole recruiting process but I plan to make a decision before the season starts. I don't mind if I end up playing away from Texas. I feel like if the place where I want to be is away from home that I will make it work. At the same time I do like the idea of playing close to home, but if I have to make that sacrifice (to play away from home) I will do that. I'm looking for a school that has good academics and is located in a good environment."

Flannigan has already taken unofficial visits to Baylor and Texas Tech, as well as Texas A&M. "I plan to visit Arizona State and Boise State too," the linebacker pointed out. "I don't know when I'm going to visit them but it will probably be sometime in the summer. I possibly could go to the camp at Arizona State and I plan to attend the Nike camp in Houston."

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