Sale intrigued by Sun Devils

With losing more than a handful offensive linemen at the end of the 2011 season, the Sun Devils are actively scouring the junior college ranks in search for players in that position. One of their early recruiting targets is L.A. Harbor's Niu Sale who thus far has formulated a favorable opinion of ASU.

"I'm liking Arizona State a lot," Sale commented. "They were the first ones to offer me back in February. I'm being recruited by (wide receivers coach) Steve Broussard and I have a good relationship with him. He's a very down to earth guy and I really like the way he is recruiting me. I'm going to meet the offensive line coach (Gregg Smith) when he comes to visit me during the season."

"I don't know much about the program and he gave me a lot of information about the team and the school. School isn't the easiest for me and I liked how they help you out there with your academics and getting a degree. That school cares about you being a student-athlete and not just an athlete."

The 6-3 300 Niu Sale prepped at Los Alamitos (Calif.) and was voted All-Conference for L.A. Harbor in 2010 as a freshman. The lineman reported weight room marks of 335 lbs. and 455 squatting. He is on track to be a mid-year signee who will have three years to play two following the 2011 season.

"It was hard in the beginning getting used to a faster pace at junior college," Sale admitted, "but I worked hard to get to know all the plays and I was able to adjust and have a good year. Arizona State is recruiting me as a left guard because that is where they need help and that is the position I played last year.

"I'm a quick player for my size and I do a very good job pulling. Coach Broussard said that there are a lot of plays (in ASU's offense) where the guards are pulling and that's why they like my skills. I feel like I'm a better run blocker than pass blocker."

Oregon State, Utah, Washington State and San Diego State have all offered Sale, who plans to visit the majority of his suitors later in the year.

"I haven't taken any unofficial visits so far," Sale said. "I'm only going to visit schools after the season starts. I'm going to visit Arizona State for sure and also Oregon State and Utah. One of the coaches at San Diego State is my dad's relative so I'm going to maybe check them out on an unofficial (visit).

"Oregon is recruiting me pretty hard and they could offer me too and if they do I'll visit them too."

Sale remarked that proximity was one factor that is going to affect his decision, but in general he would like to take official visits to the schools pursuing him before formulating an opinion and comparing all programs.

"I want to see what kind of relationship the players and the coaches have with each other," Sale said. "I also want to see what kind of offense the school runs and I'm looking for an offense that is balanced between the run and the pass.

"I don't know when I'm going to make my decision because I need to schedule my visits first. If I like my visit to Arizona State then I can commit to them on the visit, but I want to probably take all my trips so I can compare all the schools and make the right decision."


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