Means in waiting mode

Butte (Calif.) College cornerback Solomon Means was excited to receive a scholarship offer from Arizona State the other week, and an official visit to Tempe over the weekend did nothing to damper his interest in the Sun Devils. However in terms of a decision, the University of Houston soft commit hasn't decided yet which school he will sign with 72 hours from now on Letter of Intent day.

"It was beautiful," Means said of his Arizona State visit. "It was really different for me being a California boy. I didn't know want to expect with the Desert and the cactus trees but everything was really nice. I loved the college atmosphere and you can tell the whole college is into the team. Everywhere we went people recognized the players.

"I like the academics and how the school in fifth in the nation as having the most companies in the country recruiting from it. I want to major in environmental science. The academics there are amazing."

Hard work is a theme that Means said defined his impression of the Sun Devil program since it was repeated to him several times during his trip.

"I was hosted by Alden Darby," Means stated. "He said that he likes the coaching staff and they do make you work hard. He said it's just a whole different ball game now and they are working hard to get more success.

"Coach Graham told me about all the talent this team has but that the team still has to work hard, work hard and grind to be successful. I like him and he's a good coach."

The 6-1 175-pound Solomon Means was a qualifier out of high school and attended Weber State after graduation. Due to family reasons he was forced to move back home and suited up for Butte College for the 2012 season.

In that campaign Means notched 38 tackles, one interception and a team-leading 12 passes defended. Means reported a 40-time of 4.53 seconds. In terms of eligibility Means will have three years to play three.

"The technique this (ASU) defense has is unreal," Means described. "It's set up to be one of the best defenses in the nation. That's something I saw watching game film. The coaches told me that once they saw me in person they liked my length. Being a taller corner I can match up to any receiver."

In an interview with Means last Thursday, the cornerback said that if he liked his ASU visit that he wouldn't have a problem decommiting in their favor at the end of his trip. When we talked to him today, Means said that he was going to take a step back from the process and in all likelihood not make any decisions before signing day on Wednesday.

"I'm not going to commit just yet," Means said. "I'm going to wait a little bit on that. I know I'm going to sign with someone on signing day. Right now it's 50-50 between Arizona State and Houston."

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