Big demand Georgia WR visits ASU

Josh Imatorbhebhe has reported offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford, USC and many others but found himself on Arizona State's campus Saturday.

With dozens of high profile offers in-hand, Josh Imatorbhebhe didn't have to travel from Suwanee, Ga., to check out Arizona State's program.

One conversation with Imatorbhebhe, a 6-foot-2, 205 pound wide receiver at North Gwinnett High, makes clear he doesn't think or talk about recruiting -- or much of anything else for that matter -- like most of his peers.

So Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, USC and others have reportedly offered Imatorbhebhe, but there he was on ASU's Tempe campus Saturday trying to see how the Sun Devils measure up.

"I didn't take this visit just to take this visit," Imatorbhebhe said. "I took it to see how different the focus of the mindset is at Arizona State, in the Pac-12, how that's different from the SEC or the Big-12, to compare it and educate myself so I can come back and be able to evaluate it fully with my parents and decide what's best for me as a person, football player, student-athlete, what place is going to produce the best version of me. At every school there are great attributes and opportunity costs and you have to weigh all of these things as far as what they offer in an effort to identify what school provides the best overall fit."

Diligence is something Imatorbhebhe said he incorporates in every facet of his life and choosing a school, perhaps the most important decision he'll make as a teenager, demands such an approach. That's why he's not only been to ASU, but its biggest competitors in the region to see how they all measure up.

"I've been to the west coast before but it was different and unique (at ASU), Imatorbhebhe said. "I've been to USC, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, I've been to all of them, but this one had a different feel. Things were a little more spread out in regards to the environment and campus life. But I liked it. I liked the university, I liked the football program, I liked coach (Todd) Graham, coach (Mike) Norvell, coach (Del) Alexander. They really made me and my family feel welcomed when we went there and it was a great experience and worth the trip from Georgia.

"They are themselves. They don't try to be anyone else. They're comfortable in their own skin and are developing a culture behind the person they look up to which is Pat Tillman and I just think that's a great example and good analogy of what they stand for and what they want their players to be modeled after. So I feel it's a unique place."

As would be expected, Imatorbhebhe was already familiar with former ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong, a potential first-round NFL pick in the 2015 Draft, so it wasn't a surprise that his name came up repeatedly in a meeting with ASU's wide receivers coach.

"I had a conversation with coach Alexander and he was telling me how I would be used in the offense and he kept referring to Jaelen Strong and how they used him and moved him around a lot and he's very versatile and that's the type of player they see me as, someone who can create mismatches all across the line," Imatorbhebhe said. "They see me as someone who can go there and make an immediate impact. Right now they don't have a lot of receivers who have had meaningful playing time so if I went there I would be competing with guys who don't have that much experience for playing time."

With a brother who is one grade older, Daniel Imatorbhebhe, signed to Florida, there's a lot of speculation that's where Josh will eventually end up. But that's not necessarily the case, he said.

"I get that literally every interview I do," Imatorbhebhe said. "You can even ask him, he's my brother and wants me to do what's best for me. People think, 'oh man, your brother is probably the biggest recruiter for you' and I mean yeah, he's a great recruiter for other people but I'm his brother and it's a different deal. If he feels like Florida is the best place for me he'll tell me that, but it's about seeing me succeed. He's not going to say that to get a recruit. I'm not just another recruit, that's my brother.

"I'm not going to lie, there's a little bit of pull because my brother is there, but I'm going to give every university a fair shot because there's a lot of great options out there that have great things to offer and I'm not going to cut off my nose to spite my face. I'll just let the chips fall where they may and by the grade of God be happy with my decision."

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