Sale buys into ASU

It's rare for a prospect to commit site unseen but that is exactly what Niu Sale did this afternoon. Throughout the recruiting process the L.A. Harbor offensive lineman has been deeply impressed by Arizona State and that prompted him to give his pledge to the Sun Devil coaching staff today.

"Arizona State was showing me the most love and I really like the coaching staff there," said the 6-3 300 Niu Sale. "Coach Broussard was recruiting me and you can tell that he can really relate to players and someone you can always talk to. He's a big reason why I committed. I know (Offensive line) coach Smith from before when he recruited me in high school and he seems like a cool guy that can really teach you a lot.

"They told me that I have a chance to start right away and it's also close to home so my parents can come and watch me play."

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.

"The coaches told me how much they like how I can get off the ball and pull," Sale remarked. "They also like how quick I am. They think I can help the offensive line right when I get there."

Sale said that he naturally plans to visit the Sun Devils later this year, yet he felt that the relationship he forged with the program has already educated him quite about the school he committed to play for next year.

"I really got to learn about the academic support there and how they help their players get a degree," Sale explained. "You can tell they really care about you as a student and that's something that is very important to me. I never been to Arizona State and I'm really looking forward to seeing it."

ASU was the first school to offer the lineman last February, and he also had offers from Oregon State, Utah, Washington State and San Diego State. Nonetheless, he said that the Sun Devils established themselves as his favorite suitor for quite some time now.

"That's the only school I was really considering," Sale admitted. "That's why I decided to commit to them now. I really gotten close to coach (Dennis) Erickson and as long as he'll be there that's the coach I want to play for."

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