Ole Miss LB commit still looking at ASU

Hawaii native David Luafatasage is all about his business at Arizona Western and should graduate from the school in a year and a half, with Arizona State remaining a serious option despite his early commitment to Ole Miss.

Arizona Western linebacker David Luafatasaga committed to Ole Miss in February but his recruitment isn't over.

Arizona State has proximity and a recent history of landing players from the school on its side, and there's something else the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is intrigued by about the Sun Devils.

"They tell me how they have done a really good job of transitioning junior college players to the pros and how some of their players have come from Arizona Western and they've produced a lot of JUCOs who have gone to the NFL and I am very interested in that," Luafatasaga said.

ASU had three former junior college players taken in the NFL Draft over the weekend and one last year, so four total in a two-year period for coach Todd Graham, who has aggressively targeted the JUCO ranks.

"I'm looking to take a visit there," Luafatasaga said of ASU. "I talk to them. They said they are interested in me, want to see my finish out strong in school. They tell me they will still follow me no matter where I go but think I will be a very good player and would fit in well with them."

A Hawaii native who went to Farrington High in Honolulu -- the same school as former ASU offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao, who is now with the Washington Redskins -- Luafatasaga finished third on the Arizona Western team last season with 66 tackles including 5.5 for loss with two sacks.

Luafatasaga committed to Ole Miss soon after his freshman year at the school, but is continuing to take some recruiting trips and consider his options. He's yet to visit the school.

"I just had a good connection with the coaches at Ole Miss," he said. "Even though I haven't seen the place yet, I'm really close with a few of the coaches. That's why I chose to commit there."

A very versatile and athletic linebacker with length, Luafatasaga plays inside primarily at Arizona Western but said he likes the idea of being an outside backer in a 3-4 scheme or a 4-3 WILL.

"There's always things to work on to get my game better," he said. "I think I'm good blitzing-wise, an edge rusher, just really quick and I can get to the quarterback."

Luafatasaga said he's on track to Graduate in December and have three years to play two seasons at the Division I level.


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