Sun Devils progressing with Ulloa post-visit

Southern California safety Chacho Ulloa has seen his recruitment take off in the last several months due in part to Arizona State's early investment.

Few prospects in the west are seeing their stock soar as much in recent weeks as Corona (Calif.) Centennial standout Chacho Ulloa, and the 6-foot-0, 190 pound safety gives Arizona State some of the credit.

Ulloa was offered a scholarship by the Sun Devils in February, before an impressive showing at the Nike Opening regional in Redondo Beach, Calif., several weeks later. He attributed that combination of events for how things have subsequently unfolded.

"I didn't think this was all going to happen a couple months ago," Ulloa said." I was sitting on two offers and not a lot of colleges were looking at me and then ASU comes in and everything just blows up like a bomb from there. It's all crazy to me. I think it kickstarted a lot of other schools to look at me and then a lot of colleges were questioning my speed but when I ran a 4.59 at the Nike Combine that made a lot of schools jump, but ASU kickstarted it.

"About two weeks ago in one week I got offers from Oregon State, Washington State, Cal, Stanford and Colorado State. Then the week after I got Vanderbilt and Boston College. Then earlier today I saw that Michigan State has also offered me and they asked if I could call them later to talk on the phone."

This week Ulloa traveled to ASU for a spring football practice and to get a better feel for the school and its campus, learn more about its academics -- Ulloa wants to study engineering or broadcast journalism -- as well as further develop relationships with the coaches recruiting him at the school.

"It was very high tempo, very competitive, (Centennial) coach (Matt) Logan runs the same type of program," Ulloa said. "I got to see the school, got the academics part of it. Not only are they competing on the field but they have high academics and different programs to help you succeed in life after football. That's one thing I really liked because it will play a bigger role in my decision. Football's not going to last that long and I'm looking to see what I'm going to do after football.

"I'm always looking to compete with the best and against the best. That's one thing a lot of coaches like about me is I'm very competitive on and off the field, even in the classroom, always trying to do the best I can with my education too."

Ulloa said he's spent time familiarizing himself with ASU and is increasingly comfortable with the team's defensive scheme and how he might fit in with the program.

"This past year since I've been getting recruited I started paying attention more and ASU beat one of my teams I was always watching growing up in USC with that Hail Mary," Ulloa said. "That was a good game. After they offered me I started looking more into their games and films and defense. Just like how they attack the ball and take advantage of the offensive weaknesses and things like that. I know they are going to have five defensive backs leaving after this year so there are going to be a lot of spots open definitely. One thing I do like is they're an attack style defense. They're always trying to go get the ball and do things to make the offensive uncomfortable."

Ulloa said he'll try to visit Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Stanford and Washington State his summer with family, and is going to Miami and Notre Dame with his 7-on-7 team. He'll then trim his list to between five and seven schools ahead of the start of his season, and try to make a selection in late November or early December after some official visits.


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