"Even though it's a big school it's a small campus and it's not hard to get from your dorm to a class or practice. Everything is in close proximity to each other. That's what stood out – how efficient it would be for football players."
Throckmorton said that he was also impressed by the team culture and their desire to win a championship, a message that he saw on display quite often during his time in Tempe.
"They really emphasize character over flash," Throckmorton remarked. "That's how Coach Graham wants his players to be, because no one player is better than the other and they are one cohesive unit. I saw (on TV) Coach Graham on game day going to the stadium with a suit and tie because that is how you dress for work. So that is the type of stuff I see being an emphasis over anything else."
The 6-5 280-pound Calvin Throckmorton was named King County's 4A Division Lineman of the Year as in 2013, earning first-team honors at offensive tackle and defensive tackle at Newport Senior High School. He reported weight room marks of 275 lbs. benching, 425 lbs. squatting and 255 lbs. on the power clean.
The lineman feels that he would be quite compatible with the Arizona State offense and is impressed with the wide array of duties its front five carries out.
"When they pass and run block they showcase every skill an offensive lineman should have," Throckmorton described. "That's something that really stood out to me. Coach Thomsen told me that he likes my athleticism and how I move. I'm probably a better run blocker than pass blocker but it's close. I only played one year as offensive lineman, so I'm pretty raw and need to work on my technique, my footwork not taking false steps and my leverage with my knees.
"Coach Thomsen said that they are recruiting me as an offensive tackle."
To date Throckmorton has offers from Boise State, Cal, Oregon, Washington and Washington State along with ASU. Earlier this week the lineman visited Oregon and he will venture to Cal this weekend. Boise State and Michigan are possible destinations for visits in the spring or summer.
"I'd prefer to make a decision before my senior season starts," Throckmorton noted. "I want to make sure I take all the visits to the schools I want to check out. I'm looking for a good player-coach relationship, how the program supports their players not only on the field but also in the classroom. Really just going to place where it feels right and you have a high comfort level."