Versatile Role, Camaraderie leads to pledge

Some prospects may just claim to be the proverbial jack of all trades, but Valencia (Calif.) athlete JayJay Wilson proved it during his prep career to standout no matter which side of the ball he lined up at. That factor, along with team’s culture aided Arizona State in landing his services tonight.

“I committed to Arizona State because I believed that it’s the best place for me,” Wilson told Devils Digest following his announcement. “I liked the camaraderie there and I felt the most comfortable there. In a sense it felt a lot like home.

“I wanted to get the decision out there tonight before signing day so no one would be confused (in two days) on which school I was going to choose.”

The battle for Wilson’s services was in essence a true Pac-12 South scrimmage, as ASU faced the likes of USC (who offered the blueshirt route), Utah and Colorado.

“I just didn’t feel at home with all the other schools like I did with ASU,” Wilson explained, “and it (ASU) was the best opportunity for me. I’m more than blessed and more than honored to have had a chance to play at USC. With Utah I felt that the players were really tight with each other and had a good bond. Colorado was the first school that took a chance on me first and out of respect I went ahead and visited them last weekend.

“In the end and I know that ASU is the best fit for me. That’s how I felt last week and my feelings never changed.”

There may not be a more versatile player in this Arizona State recruiting class. Wilson can line up both at the three-back position which is essentially a tight end with expanded duties, as well as the hybrid safety Spur linebacker position.

“I never played just one position in high school,” Wilson admitted. “That’s why I like the three-back position. It’s the closet I will get to play many positions, in one position, if that makes sense. It gives me the chance to be all over the field getting the ball in different ways.

“I’m excited to play in the offense for Coach Norvell and Coach Long and I know that Coach Graham wants me on defense and it would be fun to play there too. When I was on my visit Coach Graham wanted me in the defensive meeting but Coach Norvell and Coach Long wouldn’t let me leave so I don’t have any idea where I’m going to start out at fall camp. I might play both sides (of the ball) and I might not.”


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