Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 5-foot-10, 170 pound cornerback Traveon Beck was among a number of recruits to visit Arizona State unofficially over the weekend and he came away pleased with the experience.
"I really liked talking to the coaches about the program and what they're trying to do and become," Beck said. "I felt like they were pretty straightforward and good about where they are trying to go and what my place would be in the program. The defensive coaches showed us the schemes they do, talked about the success of the defense at ASU. Things like that, looking at the practice field, the stadium, the new stadium they are going to do. It was pretty good.
"(Secondary) Coach (Chris) Ball is a really nice guy, a real cool dude. He's straightforward and recruiting me the hardest. I really like him a lot, he's a great coach."
The Sun Devils offered Beck several weeks ago, his first BCS offer. He's also got Nevada and San Jose State offers, but right now ASU stands above the rest in his recruitment among the schools he could commit to.
"They said I can be a real good playmaker in their secondary," Beck said of ASU. "My quickness, speed, ability to make plays on the ball, they said they really like that and I would be a great fit in their defense.
"I watched their defense last year, it was pretty unique in their blitzes and coverage and how they do things which I liked a lot."
The No. 32 ranked cornerback in the country and No. 7 in the West region, Beck has improved his stock this off-season with well reviewed performances at several high profile events including Battle at the Beach, B2G Elite 7v7 and the Nike Opening regional at Redondo Beach, Calif., several weeks ago.
"I'm looking to commit early and get my decision done with," Beck said. "It's not really a big thing about recruiting I more so want to get ready for the college level.
"I feel close to a UCLA offer but right now ASU is my No. 1 school. My relationship with the coaches is most important. How they teach, how they coach, the way they do everything."