"He said if I come there I could be the next Will Sutton…or better (laughs). He really likes my explosiveness and quickness off the ball, and he thinks I can make a lot of plays. I like following teams who have a good defense so I did follow them. Man, that defense attacks a lot. They do a lot of stunts and get a lot of sacks."
The 6-3 325-pound Dalvon Stuckey posted 25 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks in 2013, a season where he earned All-Division honors. He prepped at Walton County High School in Florida and committed to Florida State and signed with the Seminoles in his junior year. Academics forced him to take the junior college route, and he committed during his sophomore year to Miami. In December he switched that pledge to Auburn.
In recent weeks the lineman found out that he was short one Math class that would make him eligible to enroll at any SEC conference school. Thus, he and Auburn were forced to part ways.
"I wasn't surprised with what happened and I didn't wait to call them (about the Math class) I called them," Stuckey recalled. "Everything happens for a reason so I'm not disappointed."
With National Letter of Intent Day fast approaching Stuckey is focused on his Arizona State official visit, and suffice to say that he does have high expectations from what he is about to encounter in Tempe.
"Man…everybody is showing me a lot of love telling me how much fun I will have," Stuckey commented. "I heard it's really nice up there. I really wanted to see the facilities and everything else. If I like it that much I don't have a problem committing. I could do it on the visit and I could do it after I come back home. We'll see what happens. You never know."
This weekend Stuckey will be traveling to the Valley of the Sun with his teammate and fellow lineman, Darrius Caldwell, who will also be visiting the Sun Devils starting on Friday.
"I know they want Darrius as bad as they want me," Stuckey noted. "He's a good player too that was committed to South Carolina (had to part ways with school over an academic issue himself). So it's not like they are picking between us.
"He told me that he likes the school too so we'll see what happens. It would be cool if we could play together. But wherever he will go he will always be my friend and I will always support him no matter where he goes."
Currently, Stuckey is scheduled to visit Louisville on February 7th, which would obviously mean that he will delay his decision after signing day.
"I'm still thinking about that," Stuckey said of his visit. "So I don't know for sure."
So what are the factors that will guide Stuckey in his decision?
"I'm looking for a school that will have the experience to get me to the next level," Stuckey stated. "Academics are important."
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