Lauderdale Commits to ASU

Eric Lauderdale was favoring Arizona State even prior to his official visit last weekend, and suffice to say that his time in Tempe did not do anything to damper that enthusiasm. Originally scheduled to make his announcement on Saturday, the four-star Saddleback College wide receiver declared today that he has committed to ASU.

"I just wanted to have a good weekend and not be bothered so I made the announcement today," Lauderdale told me on Friday afternoon. "I gave the coaches a call this morning and they were very excited. They didn't pressure me when I was on the visit and let me go home and give me time to think about everything.

"When I saw Jaelen Strong play for them last year, he opened my eyes from a junior college wide receiver standpoint. They have a great offense and he led them in receiving but after him the next (highest receiving yards player) was a running back and then a tight end. So I figured they needed another receiver to help out there."

Lauderdale chose Arizona State over Florida and also had offers from Nebraska, Oregon and Washington among others.

In 2013, the 6-2 197 Eric Lauderdale hauled in a team-high 54 receptions for 703 yards and nine touchdowns while missing five games with a groin injury. In a previous interview he discussed how he would contribute to the ASU offense.

"If I played there it would be good because he (Strong) gets double teamed a lot," Lauderdale explained, "and if I came in they won't be able to do that. The coaches like how I can get a lot of yards after the catch and I can run a lot of different plays for them lining up in different positions. The coaches said that they wanted to showcase me like they did Strong. We have mutual friends so we already clicked on the visit."

Lauderdale is expected to arrive in May and will have two years of eligibility.

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