Nash begins visit circuit at ASU

Devon Nash plans to take most of his official recruiting trips after his season concludes, but he took advantage of his early season bye week to take an official visit to Arizona State. Devils Digest caught up with the Iowa Western defensive lineman who shared his impressions of that enjoyable trip.

"It was a good time and a good experience," Nash said. "It was nice seeing the campus and the city. I haven't been down to that part of the country before, so it was nice seeing something different. I couldn't believe the student housing – I have never seen anything like that. I was pretty much blown away by the entire campus.

"I liked everything about the school and the location."

Nash was also treated to an impressive performance by the Sun Devils who routed Utah 37-7.

"The defense played lights out," Nash described, "and made it really easy for the offense giving it a short field to work with. It was cool seeing the defense get off like that. The three down linemen don't only get after the quarterback, but also free up a lot of blocks for the linebackers. So they are making big plays and helping others make big plays too."

The Iowa Western standout was hosted by Arizona State's defensive lineman Jake Sheffield, who provided Nash a player's perspective on the program.

"He told me that they are a very hard working team," Nash commented. "He said that the program brought in Coach Graham and he really changed the identity of the team for the better. I liked the change in philosophy he put in. I really could see myself playing in that system."

The 6-5 255-pound Devon Nash collected 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks as a freshman for the Reivers. Nash reported a 40-time of 4.68 seconds, and weight room marks of 365 lbs. benching, 475 squatting, and 315 on the power clean.

"The (ASU) coaches were talking to me about being a stand up defensive end position rushing from the edge or from middle," Nash said. "They like my pass rushing skills and my quickness. I'm someone who has a pretty good first step and am a hard worker. I'm a player that leads by example.

"I always want to keep on working on pass rush. My endurance and stamina is something else I want to work on because everyone is a little bit bigger and faster at the next level."

The Sun Devils offered Nash a scholarship last summer and joined suitors such as Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech among others.

"I'm being recruited by (ASU's) Coach Randolph and Coach Lanning," Nash said. "They have been talking to me the most, giving me a lot of information, and always asking me if I have any questions about the team. They are always straight forward and recruiting me hard, so I like that.

"Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, who just offered me last Friday are talking to me the most now. Those would be some teams I would also consider. But I don't really don't have a short list and I'm trying to keep all my options open. But all the schools I mentioned (including ASU) are showing me that they want me the most."

Nash is on pace to sign in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 season. Even though his timetable for a decision, much like any other mid-year signee, will be shorter than other recruits, he doesn't plan to commit to a school in the near future.

"I don't have any free weekends until after my season," Nash explained. "So I'm planning to visit Kansas State and Oklahoma State after my season is over. I don't have exact dates yet.

"I visited Arizona State so I know what they have to offer. I just want to visit other places, compare them and see what schools fits me best. With having just two years to play I want to go to a school that I can show my skill set and not sit on the bench."

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