Humphreys talks ASU visit

A perspective of a pledge during an unofficial visit is naturally very different of that of an uncommitted prospect, yet 2014 defensive lineman commit Connor Humphreys was plenty impressed this past weekend when he attended the Wisconsin-Arizona State game.

Humphreys talks ASU visit "It was obviously different than the spring," Humphreys said of his recent unofficial trip, "but we definitely enjoyed it. Besides watching the game I got to spend some quality time with the coaches. Coach Graham sat down with me a couple of hours before the game which was great and it showed me that he was willing to spend time away from a busy pre-game.

"He (Graham) told me that I definitely picked the right spot and that I better be ready to play next year because in my first practice I will be rolling with the two-deep. So hopefully I will be earning a chance to play as a freshman. So I see that as a good goal for me."

The defensive lineman admitted that the sequence of events that took place the last 18 seconds of the Wisconsin contest was certainly a learning point to take away back to Portland's Central Catholic High School where Humphreys preps at.

"Our coach practices that situation all the time with us," Humphreys commented. "We would kick a field goal on third down just in case it got blocked and we recovered it we would have another chance. So it's a good thing for us that we practice for those situations."

Bizarre game ending aside, needless to say that what Humphreys took away the most out of the Wisconsin contest was analyzing ASU's defensive line play especially in the run defense aspect.

"Arizona State is known for its attack defense," Humphreys stated, "and Wisconsin is known for running the ball with their big offensive linemen. So to be able to stop the run like they did it proves that Arizona State is one of the best run defenses out there and I'm really excited to play for them.

"They were able to do well against the run because of how they change up their line between a 4-3 and a 3-4 and move so many players around. I was talking after the game to (defensive line) Coach Shipp and he said that I could play anywhere on this defensive line. So I think having versatile players really works to their advantage."

Humphreys admitted that throughout the game it was hard for him not to envision himself playing at Sun Devil stadium next year and thus he was certainly caught up in the excitement.

"The coaches joked that they had some pads and uniform for me if in case I wanted to play in that night," Humphreys said laughing. "But I'm happy to finish off my senior year and try to win the state championship. We're 3-0 so we are off to a very good start and we beat some very good teams. We just need to keep on listening to our coaches and be the hunters and not the hunted.

"So I'm just focused on my high school team right now and next year I'll be ready to go here at Arizona State."

The 6-4 275-pound Connor Humphreys said that the ASU coaches were pleased with his current weight and said that he didn't necessarily have to try and add some pounds in anticipation of his arrival in Tempe next summer.

"They said that if I gained some weight naturally that was fine," Humphreys said. "275 is the heaviest I ever played at so it is different for me but it's also a good weight for me to go into college. I noticed that I'm stronger than I was last year, but still just as fast too."

Humphreys said that he expects to take an official visit to ASU after his season concludes.


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