Former USC commit Garcia visits ASU

Arizona State received a visit from one of Washington's top two-way football athletes, Isaac Garcia, recently.

Bellevue (Wash.) two-way prospect Isaac Garcia decommitted from USC last month and subsequently visited Arizona State, where he's being recruited as a Devil backer.

But it wasn't the football position he's being recruited to play for the Sun Devils that made the biggest impression on him during his time in Tempe.

The ASU football program's emphasis on the student part of the term student-athlete, especially resonated with Garcia because it's not something he's accustomed to hearing from college coaches.

"Their focus and attention on academics is not something you see at other schools, at least not from my experience," Garcia said. "When I was there, a lot of the discussion was about how education comes first and football is important but you have to get your degree and at ASU you will get your degree and that will be a priority. I'd never really heard anywhere else. I've never heard the detail that I did at ASU."

Garcia has wanted to be involved in law enforcement since a young boy, and is interested in studying criminal justice in college and ultimately being a United States Marshall after his football career.

A Southern California native, Garcia committed to the Trojans last fall but decided to take a step back and go through the full recruiting process in order to have peace of mind.

"I just wanted to make sure I made the right decision as far as where I will best fit in for the next four years," he said. "It's a big decision in life and I want to make sure I make the right decision."

The No. 26 ranked tight end prospect in the country and No. 3 in the West, Garcia is being recruited by some high level programs on offense, but the Sun Devils like him in their hybrid pass rush position as a defensive player, and he said he doesn't have a preference about position.

The Sun Devils are going to be a serious contender in the recruitment according to Garcia, who said he's developing a good relationship with the program's secondary coach Chris Ball and tight ends coach Chip Long.

"They're great coaches and people," Garcia said. "Not just coaches but in general they are great people. You can just know they really care about their players. Other places you can tell some people, it's just not the case way. You're not just another recruit with the (ASU) coaches."

ASU, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington State are some of the scholarship offers Garcia said he has received, and it's going to take time to sort through the schools enough to make a final determination.

"I'm going to take my officials. After coming back from visiting Arizona State and Arizona, I just decided I'm going to want to use my officials to really get a better feel for things. I will for sure be officially visiting Arizona State. The rest, I'm not sure yet. Probably Arizona State and Utah are probably the only two I know right now."

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