Combs intrigued by Sun Devils

It may be hard to quantify the amount of goodwill that currently exists between ASU and Pierce College. Roughly a dozen players and coaches from that school visited Tempe this past weekend, giving the Sun Devils rave reviews. WR Joe Morris committed today to ASU following an offer, and his good friend, defensive lineman, Marquel Combs, is showing strong interest as he is being courted by ASU.

The 6-3 310-pound Marquel Combs wasn't among those who visited Arizona State, yet the four-star defensive lineman, is enjoying being recruited by defensive line coach Paul Randolph.

"I talk to him a lot," Combs said. "He said that he really likes my versatility and that I can play any position on the defensive line. He really likes my size and athleticism and feels that I can fit in his scheme.

"Coach Randolph told me that he is a straight forward coach and that there is no gray area with him. He tells you like it is and I like that."

Oliver Johnson, a current ASU JC transfer cornerback and a Pierce graduate, has been able to offer Combs his perspective of the program and suffice to say that Combs has been impressed by what he has heard through their numerous conversations.

"Oliver is one of my best friends and we talk a lot," Combs remarked. "He really wants to come to Arizona State and he gives me information about the school. He told me that Coach Graham is all about character and I like that."

Today's commitment by Joe Morris, naturally did nothing but excite Combs even more about the Sun Devils.

"Joe is a really good friend," Combs noted. "I was very proud that he got that offer from Arizona State because I know how hard he worked for it. He had a good season last year and I'm happy he committed there. He told me that he really liked all the coaches there and once he got offered by Coach Graham he knew that this is where he wanted to go.

"He knew that Arizona State was the best place for him."

As a freshman last fall while playing nose tackle for the Brahmas, Combs posted 34 tackles, a team-leading 10 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. He reported a 40-time of 4.9 seconds.

"I always work on improving my craft," Combs said humbly. "I try to model my game after players like Warren Sapp and Haloti Ngata."

Combs, who pledged to Ole Miss in April, has over 30 scholarship offers. The defensive lineman said that he is looking into several of his suitors, and that right now he plans to officially visit Kansas and Kansas State. In light of recent events, he certainly is not ruling out a first time visit to Tempe.

"I might go down there for an unofficial visit with my coaches," Combs stated, "or if I can I will go there for an official visit. The players and coaches that visited there said they had a good time and really liked the environment."

The defensive linemen cited his relationship with the coaches of his prospective schools, as the factor that he will consider the most when choosing a college.

"I want to have coaches that are straight forward with me," Combs said. "I need to know what is going on. Playing time is very important to me and I need to know where I am in the depth chart."

Combs is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two.

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