JC offensive lineman has ASU connections

Relationships are vital in recruiting and often times that statement rings even truer with junior college prospects. El Camino offensive tackle, Pearce Slater, is very familiar with certain members of Arizona State which is why he's intrigued by the Sun Devils' recruitment.

"Mike Bercovici – that's my quarterback," said Slater who played with the Arizona State signal caller at Woodland Hills, Calif. Taft High School. "Mike thought that if I came here I would really fit and this is a place where I would want to play at. Playing with Mike again would be fun and potentially be a factor (in his decision).

"I also know (offensive line) Coach Thomsen because he recruited me when he was at Texas Tech, and when he came to Arizona State he kept on recruiting me. He already came down to my school in spring evaluation. So I feel really comfortable there (at ASU) and I know I can fit there.

Slater visited ASU for the first time during its spring game last month, and came away impressed with his experience.

"I enjoyed it," Slater commented. "I had a good time seeing the fans come out to see the game and I liked the whole atmosphere. I really liked the offense and the fast pace and I think that fits my style of play.

"I want to major in Communications and I know Arizona State has a very good program. The campus is very nice and I like how it's different than where I'm from in California. I didn't know what to expect on my visit, and I just wanted to get this visit under my belt. Overall I liked everything about the school."

The 6-7 325-pound Pearce Slater noted that the Sun Devil staff likes his size and athleticism.

"They like my footwork and length," Slater said. "They said that I need to bend better at the knees and that is something I have been working on myself. Because I am so tall it's hard for me to get lower. I do want to lose a little more weight and be at a solid 305. I play at right tackle, and Arizona State didn't say if they wanted me to play at right or left tackle. It doesn't matter to me, where I can help I'll play.

"I bench 315 lbs. and I want to get stronger in the weight room and play more physical."

Slater reported offers from ASU, Texas Tech, Kansas and Utah. His visit to Tempe was his only unofficial visit to date, but as a scheduled December graduate he naturally plans to take more visits in the upcoming months.

"I want to go to a school where I can get a good degree," Slater remarked. "Education is very important to me. I also want to go to a school that helps me be a successful athlete.

"After the spring evaluation period I'll sit down and see what my options are. I'm pretty open now and I don't know when I'll decide. But if something comes my way and I have an opportunity that's better than everything else I'll consider (committing)."

Slater in a three for two player in terms of eligibility.

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