Four-star LB has ASU in Top-3

One of the West's best linebackers, Bryce Youngquist, has Arizona State firmly entrenched among his leaders and has plans to visit the school for a third time later this year.

Arizona State coaches have three factors working in their favor as they try to recruit four-star California linebacker Bryce Youngquist.

Youngquist said his mother ran track at ASU, ASU was the first school to offer him a scholarship and he likes the way ASU runs its defense. Therefore, Youngquist is seriously considering ASU.

“ASU, it’s super high on my recruiting list, top three for sure,” Youngquist said. “They’ve always been my favorite college. The other two are Oklahoma and then Oregon.”

Youngquist is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He is No. 6 ranked outside linebacker in California and the No. 25 ranked outside linebacker in the country.

Because of his size and talents, Youngquist has gathered a lot of attention from colleges. But it was the ASU coaches who noticed him first. He said ASU was the first school to offer him a scholarship and that tends to resonate with recruits.

“When a school finally goes for it, it gives you a huge impression on the school itself, not only for making the decision but basically it’s kind of like this school was the first to offer me, that’s something that’s big for any athlete,” Youngquist said.

ASU expressed early interest in Youngquist and he returned the favor. He said he has already visited the campus twice. He said he attended the Notre Dame game last season and took another unofficial visit prior to that game as well.

Youngquist said he will not make another unofficial this summer but confirmed that he will use one of his official visits to make a trip to Tempe. He said he hopes to visit for a game in September.

When he made his trip last season for the Notre Dame game he was impressed with the game-day atmosphere.

“They have so much pride there, especially with football,” Youngquist said. “They have so much involved in the football program there. It’s unbelievable. I’ve been to one of their games last year, I believe against Notre Dame. The whole stadium, it just blew up. I was just like, ‘Wow.’” reported that Youngquist already visited Oregon this offseason and plans to make a trip to Oklahoma this summer.

Besides the schools in his Top-3, Youngquist also told he already made trips to Oregon State and Washington State and will make visits to Illinois, Northwestern, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Youngquist said he has spoken with ASU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Keith Patterson.

He said Patterson has expressed his need for Youngquist at the linebacker position with how hard Patterson has recruited him.

Youngquist has also paid attention to how coach Todd Graham’s defense has been performing the last couple seasons.

“Just looking off the statistics, pretty much you can just see their whole defense, even their pass defense is just really gone up and they probably have one of the top defenses in the whole Pac-12 so and the emphasis that coach Graham puts on defense, it’s like a lot,” Youngquist said. “They basically emphasize defense more than offense at that particular university.”

Youngquist competed in the Nike Opening regional in Oakland on May 17. He said he will not be participating in any college camps this summer.

Going forward, Youngquist said he should release an official top-5 list around the end of June or beginning of July. He also reaffirmed that he will make his official visits and then make his commitment after the visits.

Youngquist said his mother wants him to choose the school that is the best fit for him. But, he did say she could help but be happy if he did choose her alma mater.

“I mean either way she’d be happy,” Youngquist said. “But, I mean I guess so. She’d be like, ‘Wow, he’s a Sun Devil now.’”

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