Mhiesen nearly ready to pledge Sun Devils

In the market for a 2016 junior college tackle and preferably one who will be able to transfer mid-year, Arizona State could lock one up early.

Arizona State picked up its first offensive line commitment of 2016 Monday and may be on the verge of another.

Deya Mhiesen, a Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western Community College tackle prospect who said he is 6-foot-8 and 305 pounds, could be on the Sun Devils' board as soon as next week if it is verified his grades are in order.

"I want to get my transcript together and see how many units I need exactly so I can see when I can graduate," Mhiesen said. "I'm just waiting for one transcript and depending on that, if it's all [good], I'll commit (to ASU) right there on the spot.

"[The transcript] should be in already but I'm back in Philadelphia right now (for spring break) so when I get back it should be there."

A Philadelphia, Pa., native who attended Woodland Hills Calif.) Pierce Community College last year, Mhiesen transferred to Arizona Western because the school offers scholarships. He expects to graduate in December with two years of eligibility.

"I like everything about the football program, the coaches, the atmosphere," Mhiesen said of ASU. "I talk to (offensive line) coach (Chris) Thomsen, (tight ends) coach (Chip) Long, (offensive coordinator) coach (Mike) Norvell, and coach (Todd) Graham here and there. But I talk to coach Thomsen the most. He's a really good coach. That day I was at practice (Saturday) I saw him show how to execute the plays and he's a real calm dude, which is what I like."

Mheisen was committed to Oklahoma State last year but re-opened his recruitment because he felt he made the decision too early. He visited ASU last fall and spent time with wide receiver Jaelen Strong, who is projected to be among the top players at the position taken in the upcoming NFL Draft.

"I know Jaelen from Philly," Mhiesen said. "A couple months ago on an unofficial visit I was talking with Jaelen and he said it's not for everybody but he loves it there. That didn't [influence] me though. I love everything about ASU myself. It's different. I've seen a lot of campuses and it's a very diverse school, it's just a really nice school."

Mhiesen said he's at one point or another held scholarship offers from Baylor, Cal, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Utah State, along with some others.

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