Local recruits talk ASU visit

It's been barely three weeks since some of the top local 2013 prospects unofficially visited ASU, but last Monday several of those same players were back in Tempe to learn more about the Sun Devil program and Arizona State University in general. Devils Digest caught up with QB Tyler Bruggman, LB Chans Cox and OL Kenny Lacy to get their impressions of that visit.

Phoenix Brophy quarterback Tyler Bruggman said that the biggest difference between his visit at the end of January and last Monday's visit, was learning more about the Barrett Honors College. Much like his wide receiver teammate, Devon Allen, who was on the visit as well Bruggman came away extremely impressed.

"Meeting with the College Dean I really got to understand how the Honors College works and what the typical schedule is like," Bruggman commented. "I didn't know how prestigious it was academically. Students that go there move on to MIT and Ivy League schools. I really didn't know much about the honors college and it did surprise me to learn how good it is academically."

The signal caller stated that academics was always going to be a big part of his recruiting process and what he learned about Barrett Honors College certainly adds the affinity he already has for ASU.

"Football only lasts so long," Bruggman said, "and coach Graham said that the four years you spend getting your education will impact the next 40 years of your life. So getting a good education is a big thing with me."

Just as with his last visit, the 6-2 185-pound Bruggman spent time not only with coach Graham but also with offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, breaking down game film of the quarterback play in the scheme that the Sun Devils are about to employ this season.

"Coach Norvell showed me why I would be a good fit with the offense they're going run," Bruggman said. "A lot of the concepts they have are the same concepts we have at Brophy and that is something I really like. The coaches told me that they like how I always keep my eyes up and extend plays. They also like my vision and how I get the ball down the field."

With all the vast familiarity Bruggman already has with ASU, he did admit that Monday's visit was able to alter his knowledge of the program in a positive way.

"Growing up here and having both of my parents go to ASU I still didn't know that much about the school until coach Graham got here," Bruggman explained. "I never saw the facilities and didn't even know that they had an Honors College. So this visit was great because I did get to learn a lot.

"My last two visits to ASU have been great experiences."

Blue Ridge linebacker Chans Cox didn't mind making the 180-mile trek from his home in Lakeside to visit ASU, as he got to meet one of the latest additions to the Sun Devil coaching staff.

"I got to meet the new (inside) linebackers coach Ron West," said the 6-3 220-pound Cox. "I really wanted to come and sit down with him and it was a pleasure to finally meet him. That was really the only thing that was different about this visit and it was good to sit down with him and look at game film.

"I saw how I would fit into their defense if I came there. I would play inside linebacker but I could also move to the edge. We went over the blitz package and I like how I would be using my speed to attack the offense. It was really great to see all that."

Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Kenny Lacy said that getting to watch some of the ASU players go through a strength and conditioning session is what made his visit last Monday unique.

"I got to hang out with Isreal Marshall and Michael Eubank," said the 6-5 260-pound Lacy. "They were part of a small group that was working out and the cool thing was that because that group was so small you almost had one coach for each player. It was basically like each player had a personal trainer."

Lacy also spent time with ASU's offensive line coach. Bob Connelly and both of them watched game film of the offensive line schemes that the Sun Devils will showcase this year.

"Coach showed me the inside zone blocking and is something that we run at high school," Lacy commented. "It's a system that is easy to learn and I feel comfortable in."

All in all, Lacy gave the visit a positive review.

"I've liked ASU since coach Graham ever since he got there." Lacy stated, "and I still like them a lot after my (Monday) visit."

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