Agwuenu favoring Sun Devils

Alonzo Agwuenu had his sights set on Arizona State for quite a while, and despite the coaching change in Tempe still considers the Sun Devils the leader for his services. As a mid-year transfer, the Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) wide receiver could sign his scholarship paperwork as early as today and potentially be one of the first members of head coach Todd Graham's first recruiting class at ASU.

"I haven't been to Arizona State yet but I already talked to the new coaches," said the 6-4 210-pound Alonzo Agwuenu. "They seem like good guys that will do what is right for this program and bring the right people to the program. They are all about winning and a high tempo offense which is the type of offense I ran in junior college.

"I've always been an Arizona State fan and I have friends that I know from high school and junior college like Alden Darby, A.J. Pickens and Steve Gallon. So I have a lot of ties on the team and I feel comfortable there. Right now that is the school I will probably sign with."

The wide receiver was set to visit Arizona State in early December, but once Dennis Erickson was relieved of his duties those plans were naturally put on hold. In the meantime he visited Kentucky and Oregon State who are also on his short list.

Agwuenu, who is a two for two player in terms of eligibility, collected 73 catches and 1,025 yards as a sophomore and scored and 19 touchdowns as Mount San Antonio made it all the way to the California Community College Athletic Association title game. The Mounties finished 11-2 on the year and were the Southern California junior college champion.

"I feel that I can get to the end zone any time I touch the ball," Agwuenu said of his skills. "I can beat players one-one-one with my size and speed (reported a 4.48 40-time) and also because I run good routes. I feel I can still work on all my skills and I know that once I get a Division I school training I will improve, especially on all the little things like getting off the ball quicker, running with perfect form.

"I know that with ability and work ethic I have I can be even a better player at the next level."

By his own admission the wide receiver didn't always have this productive attitude that is conducive to success, and being unable to play his senior year at Chino Hills (Calif.) High School obviously affected his recruitment at the time ("if Arizona State was recruiting me out of high school I would sign with them") but also taught him a valuable lesson.

"I ran into some trouble in high school," Agwuenu recalled. "I was getting offers my junior season but I wasn't focused (on his academics) and I learned from that. You won't always love to do what you have to do, but you still have to do it. The whole experience has put me now in better situation and has made me a better person and a better player."

It won't be an easy decision awaiting Agwuenu today, and he admitted that all three schools have been in very close and often contact with him. Nonetheless, he makes no secret of which school he's leaning towards.

"I grew up watching the Sun Devils," Agwuenu commented, "I know the program, I know people in the program, and I know I could do well in their style of play. Everything they have to offer is what I'm looking for."

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