Sun Devils check in on JUCO LB Baccus

On the first day of the spring evaluation period Arizona State secondary coach Chris Ball went to check on junior college linebacker in Oklahoma.

Arizona State coaches traveled to some of the nation's top junior colleges for the start of the spring evaluation period and Miami (Okla.) Northeast Oklahoma A&M linebacker Chris Baccus was among the recruits ASU visited.

Baccus, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, said he wasn't surprised to see ASU secondary coach Chris Ball on his campus.

"I've been talking with (ASU linebackers) coach (Keith) Patterson a lot, he talks with me a lot about their team and the school and all that," Baccus said. "I still am learning more about them and not thinking about it too seriously right now but I'm probably going to go there (for an official visit.)."

With reported offers from ASU, Nebraska, Washington State and others, Baccus said he's still early in the process and not going to cut his list in the near future or make a selection until later in the year.

"I'm real open right now and not going to narrow down my schools until later on in the process," Baccus said. "My biggest thing is the depth chart because I want to find somewhere I can come in and play. My second biggest thing is the relationship with the coaches. I don't want to go somewhere if I don't have a good relationship with the coach, so building that up is important.

"Another thing is if I somehow get hurt or something, I want to be at a school I like and can graduate from."

A December graduate who has only visited Nebraska and Oklahoma unofficially thus far, Baccus is planning to take most official visits in a condensed period of time after his season ends and then decide in December, just weeks before he'll arrive at his next destination.

"It's going pretty good," Baccus said. "I am worried about it because it's coming up quick but I'm mostly focused on my season right now and then deciding after that."

Most schools are now recruiting Baccus as a SAM 'backer but coming out of 3A Beggs High School in Okmulgee, Okla, he thought he was going to play on offense

"I got recruited here as a running back and was transitioned as a linebacker," Baccus said. "That was different for me so I redshirted my first year just to get the hang of it. My first game I had 15 tackles and I've started ever since. One thing I have to work on is probably my hips. That and watching more film and getting in better conditioning. People say I'm pretty good. I'm glad I switched to linebacker. I like playing it now, I didn't at first."

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