"I'm very excited to commit to them."
The 6-0 221-pound Nick Ralston was instrumental in Argyle's 16-0 campaign last season where they captured the 3A Texas State championship which was their first ever. Ralston rushed for 1,800 yds and 31 touchdowns and also played on defense as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.
"The coaches said that they like my speed, my size and my feet," said Ralston who was timed at a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. "I bench 325 lbs., my squat is 425 and I power clean 295 lbs. I want to improve on my straight line speed and become quicker. But I'm a smart player that just goes out there and plays ball."
Aside from the camp Ralston participated in, he also gained familiarity by visiting Tempe just weeks following that event.
"I've been following them for a long time and I know they have a good plan for me," Ralston remarked. "I know they will put me in the best position for me and they will maximize my potential. That is what I look forward to. I know if I play linebacker it will for sure be at outside linebacker.
"When I visited there I really liked the facility and I know that they will have a big renovation of the stadium. The campus is just awesome. I love the coaches and the tradition they are starting at Arizona State and I just want to be a part of it."
ASU represents Ralston's lone offer to date, and while other schools may be calling during a recruiting process that has just started for the Argyle standout, Ralston appears to be steadfast regarding today's decision.
"I'm 100 percent Arizona State and they are 100 percent with me," Ralston said.