Vaden talks ASU visit

Henderson (Col.) wide receiver Jordan Vaden took in an unofficial visit to ASU on Saturday and left Tempe greatly impressed. Following his visit, where does he stand now with ASU in terms of his recruitment? Vaden talked to Devils Digest about his trip and provided an updated picture of his recruiting process

"It went great," said the 6-3 180 pound Jordan Vaden about his visit to Tempe. "Arizona State is a beautiful school and it has a great atmosphere. We didn't get there in time to watch the scrimmage because we had a late flight. But we got to meet the head coach and the wide receivers coach, and tour the campus and the facilities.

"I was really impressed and surprised how big the campus and the facilities all were and how much time and money they invest in the program. Maybe the most impressive thing was meeting the academic counselors and see how much they care about your education and how much they want you to graduate with a degree."

Vaden has offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, Ohio, Tulsa, Utah State, UNLV, and Wyoming. His offers from both Arizona State and Boise State can best be described as conditional.

"They told me that my scholarship offer depends on the personnel and how many wide receivers they are going to bring in," Vaden explained. "If they (ASU) bring in five wide receivers I may have an offer, if they bring in six I will definitely have an offer. They basically want to hold off and see which wide receivers are going to come there."

Scout.com's Regional Recruiting Manager Greg Powers evaluated Vaden in the Badger Sports 7-on-7 combine in Las Vegas last March and provided the following analysis.

"This kid is an outside receiver who has great leaping ability and he is a special threat down the field," Powers said. "He is rangy and has long arms. Time and time again he went up and plucked balls right out of the air. He probably had the best catch of the tournament on a one-hander down the sidelines for a touchdown. This guy just looks like he was born to catch footballs.

"I think he will need to bulk up a tad to get off jams by the more physical corners, but he is good enough with the first step that it is a risk to attempt the jam at all. Honestly there have not been a lot of players to come from the state of Colorado like Vaden in recent years. In a lot of cases the highly thought of guys or highly rated guys have been offensive or defensive linemen, that is no longer the case because this kid is special."

In 2010 Vaden hauled in 21 receptions for 299 yards and four touchdowns for the 6-4 Thunderbirds, as well as rushing for 273 yards on 33 carries and scoring one rushing touchdown.

"When I talked to (ASU WR's) coach Broussard he told me that he likes how versatile I am for being a big wide receiver," Vaden commented. "He said I move in and out of my breaks really well for a tall wide receiver, and that I play like I'm 5-11, not 6-3. I do have the ability to put on some bulk but still be a threat downfield."

Vaden added that he recorded a 40-time of 4.49 seconds, as well as a vertical jump of 36 inches.

The Colorado wide receiver said that Arizona State and Boise State are his preferred schools and he would like to visit both of them officially later in the year. He naturally realizes that it may be a good few months before he knows where he stands with one or both of those schools.

"I'm going to make my decision based off the school and the environment," Vaden said. "I would like to make a decision mid-season because I plan on graduating in December and be out there (to the school of his choice) in spring ball. That's my goal.

"But if I need to wait all the way until signing day, then that is what I will do."


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