Pelon intrigued by Sun Devils

When pursuing the local high caliber recruits the ASU staff doesn't limit itself to the high school ranks, but expands its efforts to the junior college scene and recruits such as Mesa Community College's Claude Pelon, a highly coveted West Coast prospect. As the defensive lineman decides which programs to focus his search on it appears that the Sun Devils have managed to capture his attention.

The 6-5 275-pound Claude Pelon prepped at Orlando's Apage Christian Academy and after being unable to land any Division I offers he ventured west to Eastern Arizona College. Following a redshirt season there in 2011, the lineman received limited playing time in 2012.

When Pelon decided to leave EAC and venture to Mesa in spring of this year, he probably couldn't have imagined the recruiting attention he was about to receive, to the tune of 12 Division-I offers, after posting this practice video online:

Arizona State is one school that didn't wait long after the publication of that film to extend an offer and this week the four-star recruit visited the Sun Devils' practices twice this week.

"Recruiting is going well with Arizona State," Pelon said. "I like the style of defense that they run and the good coaching staff they have over there. I'm an explosive and athletic player so I know I can fit there. The D-Line coach is recruiting me and Coach Shipp is a great coach. I like the way he develops his players and I see that in practice.

"You see someone like Will Sutton that wasn't known a year ago and now he's one of the best of the country and is going to get drafted high. He's a big reason why I'm looking at Arizona State."

While Pelon never played with MCC alum and current ASU junior, Damarious Randall, the lineman has talked to the Sun Devil defensive back about his experience thus far with ASU.

"Damarious told me that this is a great place to be," Pelon remarked. "Players really like each other and like the coaches. I know it's a great program and I can see myself possibly playing there."

Aside from ASU, Pelon said that Nebraska, Washington and Miami are the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. "I don't have a list of top schools," Pelon commented. "I don't know what schools I'm going to visit yet, but Arizona State is one school I can see myself visiting."

Pelon will have two years to play two at the next level, and said that he could graduate in December. However, he isn't considering an early decision but rather a resolution which will be much closer to the mid-year signing day of December 18th after he has taken all of his official visits.

"I'm going to look at coaching the most," Pelon remarked. "I have to know that I fit with the coach that I'm going to be with for the next two years. I also want to go to a school where I get a good education and I can get my degree."

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