Decision nearing for Malik Cuellar?

After a visit in mid-October to Missouri and last weekend to Arizona State, is the mid-year offensive lineman ready to wrap up his recruitment and decide between the two? Devils Digest caught up with the San Francisco City College prospect to get the latest.

“I had a great time on my visit,” Cuellar said. “The weather was prefect, the facilities were very nice, and I really enjoyed the game because it was very close, so that was cool to see. I liked how the offensive line wasn’t oversized. They were very quick because they have a rapid fire offense and that’s my style of play.

“I was hosted by Manny Wilkins and he talked about how players really wanted to play for Arizona State because it’s such a good program. He really liked it there.”

The 6-5 290 Malik Cuellar is being recruited by Arizona State’s offensive line coach Chris Thomsen, who told the lineman that he likes his versatility.

“He said that I could play both tackle and both guard positions,” Cuellar remarked. “If I went there I’d probably be a tackle, and he likes my quickness on the edge. But being able to play all four positions gives you a lot of opportunities.

“I really like Coach Thomsen and he is one of my favorite coaches recruiting me. I get along with him very well and I know that he can teach me a lot. I know if I went there it would be a good fit for me.”

Cuellar, who prepped at Fortuna High School in Northern California, said that he was a qualifier out of high school but since that academic status wasn’t known his senior year, he had to go the junior college route to receive higher caliber offers.

Aside from ASU and Missouri, the lineman has offers from Mississippi State, Utah State and Marshall. Cuellar doesn’t know for sure yet if the tandem of schools he visited will ultimately be the two programs he chooses from, or will he entertain other opportunities before making a decision by mid-December.

“Arizona State and Missouri stand out the most,” Cuellar admitted. “It’s probably going to come down to those two since they have been talking to me for so long. But I might take two more visits to Mississippi State and LSU, maybe Rutgers. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

“It would be nice to play for a Pac-12 team close to home so my family can watch my games. I know they want me to stay in the Pac, but proximity won’t be a big deal for me. I’m going to just sit back and think about everything. For me it’s all about playing opportunity and getting a degree.”

Cuellar will be a December graduate and is a three for two prospect in terms of eligibility.

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