Randall pledges to Sun Devils

One time Arizona State commit Damarious Randall is now back on board with his original choice. On Thursday night, the Mesa (Ariz.) Community College defensive back committed to ASU, a school he had always claimed as one of his leaders.

In 2012 the 6-0 185-pound Damarious Randall posted 70 tackles, nine interceptions, 19.5 yds average on punt returns and four touchdowns. Following his sophomore season at Mesa he was voted first team NJCAA All-American, ACCAC Defensive Player of the Year, and ACCAC first team defensive back and returner.

On October 30th Randall committed to ASU, but in December he decommitted as he wanted to visit other schools. Ultimately, the only other official trip he took aside of ASU was last weekend was TCU. Following that trip, the defensive back indicated to Devils Digest that he is ready to bring his recruitment process to an end.

"They really refreshed to me how much I was needed in their recruiting plan," Randall said Sunday night, "and how important I am for them to help them win a Pac-12 and national championship. The coaches said that I can play either corner or safety and they need someone at either position to come in and play right away. So they will plug me in wherever they need me the most.

"They compared me a little to Alden Darby who played both (positions). So it's exciting that they see me playing two positions. They really want to me to return punts there too and give the offense good field position."

In that same interview, familiarity is another factor Randall mentioned as an attractive feature of ASU.

"That's' where I was planning to go to before everything blew up a little bit," Randall admitted. "That's where I feel comfortable at. I mean I live on Scottsdale Road right across from the football stadium. I'm not getting out until May and if I go to Arizona State it will be easier for me to pick up stuff than if I went to a school far away.

"If you want an honest answer," Randall said, "if today was signing day I would sign with Arizona State. On February 6th I will sign with Arizona State. The coaches refreshed a lot of things for me which reminded why I committed to Arizona State in the first place."

True to his word Randall made the call. The defensive back is a two for two player in terms of eligibility.


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