ASU targeting Contra Costa Duo

After landing two players from Contra Costa College in the 2013 class, linebacker Eriquel Florence and defensive lineman Demetrius Cherry, the Sun Devils know that this Northern California junior college can produce quality Division I players. These days ASU is pursuing another pair of Comet defensive players, 2014 prospects cornerback Dominique Harrison and linebacker Edward Muldrow.

Dominique Harrison, a 5-11 185-pound cornerback, posted 15 tackles, four interceptions and 16 passes defended in his freshman year at Contra Costa. Harrison prepped at Tracy (Calif.) High School and took the junior college route after not qualifying academically.

Arizona State marked his first (and to this date his lone) offer back in March, a fact that naturally has him holding the Sun Devils in high regard.

"I like the program and its tradition," Harrison said. "They have a great defense and I know I can come in and contribute and help them win. It's a versatile defense that does a lot with its corners and they make an impact.

"If I go there I know I can fulfill my dreams of going to the next level."

Like many other JC prospects, Harrison was a two-way player in high school, which he claimed shaped him into the player he is today.

"I'm very athletic (reported a 40-time of 4.4) and I used to play wide receiver," Harrison stated. "So I have good fundamentals coming from the offensive side because I can read the receiver. I also have very good footwork.

"I want to work on improving my tackling and not just waiting for the receiver to get to me. I want to be more of an attacking cornerback that can also make plays behind the line of scrimmage."

Aside from being in contact with his recruiting coach, Chris Ball, Harrison is naturally able to learn more about the Sun Devil program through his former teammates and now ASU newcomers, Eriquel Florence and Demetrius Cherry.

"They told me that going to Arizona State is a great opportunity that I have in front of me," Harrison described. "It's a high powered team in the Pac-12 and they have a chance to build something that was never there before.

"It's also a school that also has a great environment and good education. If I ended up there they would be a big reason for that."

The corner who is scheduled to graduate in December and will have three years to play two, said that he's planning on taking an unofficial visit to Tempe in the summer. His early graduation date can obviously speed up his timetable for a decision. Nonetheless, Harrison would like to see what other offers may come his way in the weeks and months to come.

"South Florida, Kansas and West Virginia are schools I have been talking to," Harrison said. "I'm open to playing away from home but it would be lovely to play on the West Coast. I like the area of Arizona State a lot.

"I'm looking into majoring in Communications and I know they have a good school for that. I want to come down there for a visit to see what it really is like."

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As a freshman in 2012, the 6-4 215-pound linebacker Edward Muldrow collected 19 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and four sacks in nine games. He arrived at Contra Costa after redshirting his freshman year at South Carolina. He prepped at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Ga.

Much like his teammate Harrison, ASU marked Muldrow's first offer.

"They have a good defense and they're a good team," Muldrow said. "I want to see how they do this year before I make a decision but everything so far is positive. I know guys on that team and they obviously like it. It's a good team that has a chance to win the Pac-12 this year .

"It's close to California so I know it's warm which is good. I really don't like the cold. But I also want to go to a school that has good academics and I know they are good place to go (from that perspective)."

Muldrow said that the Sun Devils envision him as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end, also known as a Devil backer on the ASU defense.

"I'm a fast player that always does a good job getting to the ball," Muldrow said of skills. "I can work on understanding the game better. I still feel that I can make plays everytime I'm out there with my speed and tackling, but I know I can still get better."

Muldrow's other offer is from West Virginia. Schools such as Washington, Utah, Oregon State and Texas have all showed interest in recent weeks.

The linebacker is also slated to graduate in December and will have two years to play two. While he plans to make it out to Tempe as well in the next few months, he stated that he's in no hurry to commit to the school of his choice.

"I'm not sure when I'm going to decide," Muldrow said. "I want to a program which is a power program in college that can win a national championship. and can give me an opportunity to play at the next level."


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