Sun Devils offer Louisiana LB

Even before Arizona State offered a scholarship to Giovanni Lafrance recently, the Louisiana linebacker had his eye on the Sun Devils.

Arizona State has been very involved in Louisiana in the 2016 recruiting class, with double digit scholarship offers out, the latest of which may be Giovanni LaFrance, an inside linebacker prospect at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.

But even before the Sun Devils offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-1, 235 pound Lafrance last week, he said he was already enamored with the program.

"I like the tradition of them and I really like their uniforms," Lafrance said. "I've been watching videos and stuff. I just want to visit. I started talking to them last week because they wanted to offer me. They said they've been watching a lot of film on me and then they were offering."

With the scholarship opportunity now extended, Lafrance said the Sun Devils join a dozen other schools: Arkansas State, Cal, Georgia Southern, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Troy, Tulane and Western Kentucky.

"With ASU I'm talking to (offensive coordinator) MIke Norvell and (linebackers coach) Keith Patterson," Lafrance said. '"They like everything about my film and are going to come to one of my spring practices and watch me.

"I just like schools that are the best fit for me and I think Arizona State is one of the schools that could fit me perfectly but I like the style of their defense. I could play both (inside linebacker) spots there. I think I could play well in their defense."

Lafrance said he played with ASU sophomore defensive tackle Emanuel Dayries in middle school, and is interested in officially visiting the Sun Devils. He said he has no problem moving out of the South to play in college.

Florida State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are other programs Lafrance is enamored with and would like to visit, with Oklahoma State being the only other one to offer a scholarship thus far, he said.

"I love to hit, I just love to hit but I can cover as well, good for a linebacker. I have good feet and pretty good speed."


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