JUCO Autry likes ASU OL situation

The possibility of four senior offensive line starters on the Arizona State depth chart is not lost on Coffeyville Community College standout Branton Autry.

Junior college offensive lineman prospect Branton Autry knows his time in Division I college football will be limited and wants to find a school where he can play right away.

Like most JUCO recruits, Autry said getting on the field immediately is most important to him in his recruiting process.

“I only have two years there so I got to do what I have to do and get out,” Autry said.

Autry claims a scholarship offer from Arizona State and said the coaches are aware of his concerns with playing time. He said ASU is one of his top schools because of its uncertain future along the offensive line.

Autry is a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive lineman and will play one more season for Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan.

Autry’s size and play at the JUCO level last season has given him some attention from other schools besides ASU.

He said he has 16 scholarship offers including Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Missouri and Ole Miss.

As an offensive lineman and a JUCO transfer recruit, Autry said he has investigated the ASU offensive line depth chart while the Sun Devils have recruited him.

Next season the ASU offensive line returns three senior starters, guard Vi Teofilo, center Nick Kelly and guard Christian Westerman. All three will be will finished with their careers after the 2015 season. Seniors William McGehee and Devin Goodman will also be gone.

There are only two current juniors on the roster, Evan Goodman and Stephon McCray.

Autry said it is good news for him that so many current ASU offensive linemen are leaving the program.

“It’s a better situation because they’re going to be moving a lot of people up front next year and there’s a better opportunity for me,” Autry said. “It’s a chance for me to play right away.”

Autry said he is being mainly recruited by graduate assistant offensive line coach Josh Martin and has spoken with offensive line coach Chris Thomsen.

Autry said the ASU offensive line coaches have not discussed how they might use him in the system, but they have talked about playing time.

“(They said) that they really want me there, they need me there and if I come there I’ll be playing like as soon as I get there,” Autry said.

He thinks the ASU coaches are being honest with him and they are not just feeding him a recruiting pitch about early playing time.

“I believe them because they’re losing a lot of people,” Autry said.

The offensive lineman in Kansas said the first thing that comes to mind when he this about Arizona State is the warm weather. He said he hopes to play someplace warmer after living in Kansas.

Autry will experience all the warmth Tempe has to offer soon. He said he will take an official visit to Arizona State in the summer. Autry said he will be visiting Arkansas, Baylor Kansas State and Missouri this offseason.

Autry has not competed in any combines and does not plan on it. He will be not participating in any summer college camps either.

At this point in the process, Autry said he has no front runners and does not have a time table set in place on when he might narrow down his choices or make his commitment.


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