Sun Devils add Lucien at wide receiver

UCLA graduate transfer candidate Devin Lucien has decided to sign with Arizona State and play his final season of college football in Tempe in 2015.

Arizona State got a needed boost Monday to its 2015 roster when former UCLA wideout Devin Lucien decided to transfer to the school for his final season of eligibility.

Lucien is expected to graduate from UCLA this spring after four years at the school, including a redshirt year in 2011. He has signed scholarship paperwork with ASU and will be immediately available upon graduation.

Last season Lucien had 29 receptions for 225 yards with two touchdowns in 13 games, with five starts. He had a combined 23 catches in his previous two seasons for the Bruins.

"I love the coaching staff at ASU," Lucien said."I took my visit this past weekend. [ASU senior quarterback Mike Bercovici] was my host. Me and him had a really good relationship in high school. We competed with each other when he was at Taft and I was at Crespi. We always stayed in touch. He played on B2G and I played on Keyshawn Johnson's 1925 team, so we were always really cool with each other.

"I loved the guys on the team and got to spend some time with them. Coach Graham was great. They were talking about me filling the void left by Jaelen Strong so I was excited about that and I'm excited to produce to help them win as much as possible."

With Jaelen Strong moving on to the NFL and leading returning receiver Cameron Smith expected to be sidelined for the season following knee surgery, the Sun Devils have some question marks at the wide receiver position. They added athletic junior college wide receiver Tim White earlier this month and now have signed Lucien, a player who is a veteran of the Pac-12.

"I'm going into this last year with the expectation of helping ASU win a national championship, first off, and I think my game is very similar to Jaelen Strong, the way he went up for back shoulders and his speed and all that," Lucien said. "I actually think I'll be able to help stretch the field as well playing the 9-man position and doing whatever I can to help the team. I played in not a very similar offense but i understand concepts and what offenses are trying to do now from my experience at UCLA.

"Really it was just a feel I had with the coaches. They seemed very eager to get me in, get me on the field so I could help them play. All I want to do is help the team win a championship so that was kind of a big factor. With how much Jaelen Strong has produced in the half, it just seems like a good fit, you know."

Lucien said he expects to study for a masters degree in either sports journalism or communications at ASU and is hoping to move up a final so he can finish ahead of his June graduation date in order to begin working out in Tempe. He said transferring from UCLA was the best overall move for his future.

"Really it was just putting myself in the best position on and off the field," Lucien said. "I'm going to be getting my masters degree. This is also a good move on the field. I'll be able to play a position that gave Strong a great projection to be able to get drafted as high as possible, which is why I play football other than to win championships.

"I watched the (televised) spring game as well so I kind of got that vibe that they really could use me."

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