Austin Collie Has ASU in Top Three

From a recruiting standpoint, the Sacramento area has been kind to the Sun Devils in recent years. Players such as Shane Jones and Grayling Love have made their impact on the program, and if things fall in place this Oak Ridge HS standout from El Dorado Hills could be joining them in Tempe. DevilsDigest talked this three star receiver and his impressions of Arizona State.

"ASU offered me a scholarship three weeks ago." Collie Says, "Coach Monachino (who recruits the Sacramento area), talked with me for a while on the phone back in May. He told me then that they were gonna do something before the season, and they did (offer a scholarship)…I met him in-person when he came to my school a few months ago. I like him a lot, and I feel real comfortable with him"

Aside from being impressed with the ASU defensive line coach and his presentation of ASU, the 6-1 180 receiver mentioned other attractive factors that has made the Devils one of his favorites. "I looked at the pre-season rankings and they ranked pretty high so that's good. Coach Monachino told me that they throw a lot, and I don't have to worry about playing in too many rainy games…I was real impressed with (former ASU WR) Shaun McDonald - He's a stud. And their quarterback is real good too."

Colorado, Stanford, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington State, and BYU have all offered scholarships. Collie mentioned that BYU and Stanford round up his trio of leaders for his services. Overall the Oak Ridge senior to be embraces the attention he has been getting this summer. "I love the recruiting process. Every time I get something in the mail I enjoy reading it, even though a lot of the stuff doesn't mean anything." Collie did mentioned that among the piles of mail there was a hand written letter sent to him by ASU.

When we asked him about the main factors that will influence his ultimate decision on the school of his choice he said: "The program - where they're at and where they're gonna be at…what the school has to offer academically...location of the school and what kind of vibe I will get from it – that's huge." While he does admit that staying close to home would be nice, his approach on this issue is very pragmatic. "I want to go to a good program no matter where it is."

With 56 catches, 857 yards, and 10 TDs, it's no wonder why Collie is being considered one of the better wide receiver prospects in the West. He also scored three times on punt returns and threw another touchdown of 56 yards. When we asked him to describe his skills he replied: "I run good routes, and I have good footwork and soft hands. I have a good vertical leap. I'm not afraid to go up for a ball. I really enjoy going across the middle. I have good field vision…my speed is something I want to improve. I run a 4.5 flat, but I would like to get it to a 4.4."

Until a few weeks ago, Austin Collie truly believed that his mind would be already made up. "I thought I was gonna make a decision before the season started, so I get it off my back. But now I think because I have so many offers, I'll take my visits and make a decision after that. There's not a school out there I'm waiting for an offer from." And he certainly doesn't have to wait for the Sun Devils to extend him a scholarship. Now the question remains how long will the Devils wait for him, and will this process culminate successfully in landing another quality wideout to the talented arsenal of ASU receivers…

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