Leader emerging for Bierria

Keishawn Bierria will ultimately commit to a Pac-12 school. Which program will land the Harbor City (Calif.) linebacker is something that is becoming clearer as he goes through the recruiting process.

The 6-1 210-pound Keishawn Bierria officially visited Arizona State this past weekend, and noted some of his impressions from that trip.

"It was a great visit," Bierria said. "We got to go to the basketball game against U of A, and toured the facilities and campus. My biggest surprise was how nice the campus and the dorms were.

"My host was (current Arizona State cornerback) Rashad Wadood and my favorite part was interacting with him and the rest of the players. I had a lot of questions about the school and they gave me some real answers. The players told me that you have to believe in the program to succeed. Coaches do their best job to coach you up to your abilities. The coaches kept it real with me too."

Bierria reported a 40-time of 4.6 seconds, and weight room marks of 305 lbs. benching, 230 lbs. power clean and 400 lbs. squatting. In his senior year he recorded 86 tackles, four passes defended, two sacks and two recovered fumbles. He also returned five punts averaging over 20 yards a return, two of them returned for scores. As a junior he had 65 tackles and helped the Gauchos win the CIF City Section title.

"The Arizona State coaches are recruiting me as a Spur linebacker," Bierria remarked. "They like my cover skills and how I can play in space. I can be better in coverage, but I'm a fast player than can really key on the quarterback, I always know where the ball is and I am a pretty good tackler."

Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa State and Oregon State are some of the schools that have offered the linebacker to date. For the last few weeks he listed the Beavers as his leader. Did this recent visit change his mind about his recruiting process?

"I don't think differently about Arizona State," Bierria said, "they still are a great school. But I don't know if that will be the school for me. I didn't make up my mind yet, but I think Oregon State will be the school for me. Nobody has recruited me as hard as them. I'm really not looking at any other school."

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