Hermosillo hoping for increased exposure

It's been quite the week for Miguel Hermosillo. The Ottawa, Ill. running back had a solid showing at Arizona State's team camp on Sunday, and on Tuesday while at the University of Illinois' camp, he netted his first three scholarship offers. Off to a good start, Hermosillo is expecting his recruiting stock to improve even more.

In last Sunday's Arizona State team camp, very few recruits traveled as far as the 5-10 190-pound Miguel Hermosillo, but there was a good reason why the running back made the long trek to Tempe.

"I'm originally from Phoenix and lived there until I was 12 years old," Hermosillo said. "So I grew up watching ASU and I really like the school. I was there last winter for a baseball camp, and my dad went to talk to one of the football coaches and told them I was interested in the school. They got in touch with Coach Chip Long, who recruits my area, and he liked my highlight film and they started recruiting me.

"I was down there for the spring game talking more to the coaches. I got to talk to Coach Norvell who also liked my tape a lot. So, I was lucky to get a hold of the coaches and I'm happy that they are recruiting me."

Following the Sun Devils' camp, the Ottawa Township High School standout said that the ASU coaches applauded his versatility, as Hermosillo saw every inch of the practice field on Sunday.

"They moved me around between running back, wide receiver and defensive back," Hermosillo commented. "The coaches were fired up that I could play different positions and said that could help my recruitment.

"I know I can play all three positions but my main position in high school is running back. I guess I'll have to wait and see who they have coming in and what position they want to recruit me at. I really don't have a preference."

While Hermosillo did not leave Tempe with an offer, he does understand the factors involved.

"They told me that I have to patient and they didn't want to promise me something that would end up not happening," Hermosillo explained. "Coach Graham's main thing was to recruit in-state players first but they said that they would follow me and see how I'm doing this year. I know Arizona State is a good program, so I'm going to be patient and wait."

Tuesday Hermosillo ventured down to the University of Illinois' camp, which turned out to be quite eventful.

"15 minutes into the camp I got an offer from Eastern Illinois," Hermosillo recalled. "45 minutes into the camp I got an offer from Illinois and later Western Illinois came up and offered me too. It was a good day getting my first three offers in one day.

"I'm going to go up to camps in Northwestern and Iowa and I hope to get offers from them too. I would love if ASU jumped in the mix too because they are one of my top schools."

Hermosillo said that at the Illinois camp his 40-time was in the 4.4-second range, which was a little faster that the low 4.5-second range he recorded at ASU. The running back was added that he posted a 3.8-second mark in the 20-yard shuttle at Illinois.

As junior, Hermosillo rushed for 1,249 yards on 145 carries, and scored 19 total touchdowns. On defense, he tallied 30 tackles and four interceptions.

"Like every player out there, I want to get stronger and faster and just get better in every aspect of my game," Hermosillo said. "In my league we don't get to pass a lot so I can't really test my receiving skills or defensive back skills. But as a running back, I feel that I can be effective running the ball both inside and outside."

Hermosillo has no definite timetable for a decision, but a summer resolution is highly unlikely as he expects to continue with the recruiting process.

"I just want to look at all my options," Hermosillo commented. "I have interest in a lot of schools right now and am just waiting to see what happens, as long as no school gives me a deadline.

"Education is very important to me. Having my family being able to watch my games is important too. I like to major in Communications; I know that Arizona State for example has a very good school for that. I obviously want to be on a program that has good coaches and good teammates."

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