Tautalatasi talks Sun Devil pledge

Seeing is believing. After being extremely intrigued from afar with the Arizona State program Das Tautalatasi spent the last 48 hours on an unofficial visit to Tempe learning more about the Sun Devil program, which led to his verbal commitment following ASU's Sunday morning practice. We caught up with the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle player moments after his decision.

"I liked everything about my visit," Tautalatasi said. "I liked the way they practice being up tempo, I like how the coaches teach, academics…and everybody is treated equally. I really like their weight room training. It can really help players once they get there. The campus is beautiful.

"Coach Graham always talks to the team about the goals that they need to reach and is very visual with the players. I really enjoyed seeing the coaches and how active they are with the players in practice. They are always running around making sure players are doing the right thing."

The 6-0 180-pound Das Tautalatasi is one of California's top two-way players as he rushed for 1,034 yards and six touchdowns as a junior while collecting 40 tackles and two picks as a safety, and it's the later position that Arizona State is recruiting him at.

"He's one of the best safeties I've coached here," long time Spartan defensive coordinator Terry Eidson said in an interview to Fox Sports Next's Greg Biggins. "He has great football instincts and is a big hitter too. He's a great running back too and catches the ball very well. We move him around all over the place but I think safety is his best position in college."

Biggins who viewed the De La Salle player in passing league over the last few months had this to say about ASU's newest commit:

Tautalatasi played safety and receiver for AIGA and was very impressive on both sides of the ball. He's rangy and covers a ton of ground at safety and like all Spartan players, has an extremely high football IQ and a great understanding of how to play the position.

"The ASU coaches told me that in their system the safety has to be the smartest player on defense," Tautalatasi said. "He also has to be able to make fast reads and fly to the ball and think that I have those qualities"

Washington State, Nevada and San Jose State have also offered the three-star safety, but Tautalatasi noted that Arizona State was the first school to heavily recruit him.

"I've always had a great relationship with the coaching staff," Tautalatasi remarked. "Everyone involved (in his recruitment) have always been a available to talk to me and my family. I knew that I was going to probably commit here. My family just had a few questions to ask, and we wanted to see how we feel about the campus. We got the right answers and we loved it.

"I'm not going to visit other schools. I gave the coaches my word is it is a signed deal. The next visit I take is an official one over there (to ASU)."


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