Hytchye talks ASU visit

Spending four days in the Valley of the Sun, suffice to say that Jaleel Hytchye is now quite familiar with the Arizona State program. How do the Sun Devils fair compared to his other suitors? The Cincinnati La Salle High School cornerback shared his thoughts in this Devils Digest interview.

"I loved that visit," Hytchye stated. "I was there with family and we got to do a lot of things like tour the school, meeting the coaches and participate in their camp. I got a really good feel for the school because I toured the campus alone and also with the coaches. I even went into some classrooms.

"I really got to see what it's like to be a student at Arizona State, not just a football player. I really learned a lot about their academics. They told me that I could get a (Bachelor's) degree in three years, so if I redshirted I could work on Master's while playing football. I do want to major in journalism and I know they have one of the best schools in the country for that."

The three-star cornerback from La Salle High School, spent significant time with Sun Devil coaches Chris Ball (secondary) and Joe Lorig (cornerbacks) discussing how his skills can fit ASU's scheme.

"They said that they were looking for tall corners," said the 6-0 165-pound Jaleel Hytchye, "to cover the wide receivers they have in the conference and that I did fit that aspect. I ran a 4.4 in camp and did well against some of the wide receivers there. Their scheme asks a lot of out of the corners so they liked my speed and my cover skills, and how I get physical with wide receivers.

"They watched my film and pointed out some things I can improve in my technique, but they did like the way I played."

Hytchye said that he wants to know after every visit he takes if he can envision himself attending that school and playing for that program. He said that his visit to Tempe certainly provided that answer.

"From everything I saw I know Arizona State would be a good fit for me both as a player and as a student," Hytchye said. "I really liked the environment there. My stepmom's family lives there and I got to meet them for the first time during the visit."

Aside from ASU who offered the cornerback during his trip there, Hytchye was offered by several other BCS programs such as Boston College, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

"Arizona State said they wanted me to get down there so they can get to know me better," Hytchye commented. "I had a good visit with them and they said that they are very interested in me.

"I'm going to take a couple more visits in the next two weeks to Northwestern and Pitt, and if I can I will also take trips to Kentucky (for the second time), and Vanderbilt. After those visits I will know what my top five schools are."

Hytchye expressed his desire to make a decision shortly after he formulates his list of finalists, since he doesn't want recruiting to be a distraction during his senior season.

"It would be nice to play close home so my family can always come to my games, but I need to pick the school that fits me the best."

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