Downs impressed with ASU visit

When it comes to his recruiting process time is certainly of the essence for Cal's soft verbal commit Devante Downs. The Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) running back took in Tempe this past and talked to Devils Digest about his experience.

"The fans at the game were the thing I was impressed with the most," Downs said. "Their (ASU) offense had a lot of big plays. Their running back, D.J. Foster, carried the ball a lot and even their tight end (De'Marieya Nelson) had some carries and a touchdown.

"I was hosted by Marcus Ball and it was good to get a player's experience. He told me that what I put in that is what I'm going to get out of it, and that if I work hard I could start as a true freshman which is important to me. He said that he was going to start (as a true freshman) before he got injured.

"Academics are very important to me. I want to major in Pharmacy so I met with a professor for that school and also with the Barrett Honors College people."

The 6-3 215-pound Devante Downs who is being recruited by Arizona State's cornerbacks coach Joe Lorig, met with him as well as offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and head coach Todd Graham during his official visit.

"They are recruiting me as a running back," Downs stated. "They see me as a power back and someone that is hard to take down. Coach Graham told me to follow my heart and he didn't pressure me to make a decision. But he also felt that this (ASU) was a good place for me to be in that offense and accomplish my life goals after football.

"He answered all the questions I had about football and non-football."

Downs, who is graduating high school this month, admitted that his view of Arizona State following his visit has been "enhanced", yet he has some other options to ponder before he makes his decision in the next couple of weeks.

"Cal is still my number one school," Downs admitted. "I might take a visit to Washington State but I don't know a lot about them yet. I also visited Oregon State and I like the coaches there. Because I'm signing early I don't know if I will take anymore visits besides Washington State.

"I know I can sign in my (grant-aid) paperwork early and not wait until later to do so. I might do that but I want to be first sure about the school I'm going to sign with. So I know I have that option. I'm looking for a school with good academics and a high success rate of graduation. I just want to go to a place where I feel comfortable and I know I can be successful at."

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