Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos High standout Cohl Cabral, the No. 5 ranked offensive tackle prospect in the West, had reported scholarship offers from Arizona, Cal, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, USC and others, and nonetheless decided to give the Sun Devils his pledge.
"All the atmosphere with the players and coaches and everything at ASU was exactly I was looking for," Cabral said. "Over the past couple weeks me and my family have been talking about what's best for me and the best combination of football and academics and life after college and being able to rely on what I'm going for academically and this is what I felt was the best choice for me.
"It was awesome, a very exciting moment to have the experience. It's another step in the direction I'm ready to take. I talked with (ASU offensive coordinator Mike) Norvell and (offensive line coach Chris) Thomsen and am going to have a phone call with coach (Todd) Graham in a little bit. They were very excited for me and for the opportunity for me to be with them and the opportunity they have to coach me."
The Sun Devils were the first major school to offer Cabral and that sustained them through the process. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder visited Tempe three times in the last six months, becoming increasingly enamored with what he saw and learned. During his spring break he saw players working out on their own in the weight room, a sign of their togetherness and initiative and it stuck with him
"It's a tremendous opportunity with what they've been able to do," Cabral said. "It's awesome to see them take the program from what it was and turn it into what it is now in the last three years, it's just awesome."
Cabral also visited Boise State, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State this spring but the depth chart situation at ASU coupled with its on-field success, team unity and academic support had the school consistently on his mind. Now he'll start thinking about his college future in a little different way.
"Just getting stronger in the weight room and be able to help myself out with the little things of strength and being able to move with agility is big for me right now," Cabral said. "That way I can come in in the best shape possible."