No, not just literally.
Micael Eletise, a 6-foot-3 offensive guard at Kaiser High School in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, was worshiping with family at Kaimuki Christian Church earlier this year when he spotted Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen in attendance at the service.
He sat down and I looked over and saw that he was there," Eletise said. "I acknowledged that he was there. I wasn't allowed to talk to him or anything like that, didn't even say hi. I was nervous because it's not a football field so it's out of the normal element. But I love the ASU coaches. My Christianity is important to me and [Thomsen's] a Christian as well."
It's all just a sign of how intense the recruiting process has become for Eletise, the West's No. 1 offensive guard by Scout and No. 209 overall recruit nationally.
"It's really good with the Sun Devils," Eletise said. "I'll be visiting there again for sure. I visited there unofficially during their spring break and it was amazing even though only the coaches were there. I loved it there though. The campus is so nice and they showed us the dorms and they were amazing. So I really want to go back there and see how I get along with the players and everything else."
Eletise wasn't one of the top testers at The Opening, but when it came to one-on-ones, he was rarely beaten. Stout and well balanced, Eletise was consistently among the offensive guards who had the most success in reps against some of the nation's best defensive tackles."It's humbling," Eletise said. "When you're in Hawaii and one of the best on the island, it comes kind of easier to you even though I work incredibly hard. Then you come here and you see people who are just as athletic, just as good and some even longer and bigger, and it's humbling because they also work just as hard. So now I know what I have to do.
"Every time I do really good at a camp they show it back home (on television). Sometimes people recognize me because I'm on the news. But I'm just a kid who loves to play football and if this kind of stuff happens, it does."
ASU Recruiting Notes from The Opening
"New schools came in and offered so I still want to get out to some southern schools. Florida State and Auburn are probably the two recent ones," Corley said. "I'm probably going to to take one unofficial to one of those two schools and probably an official to one of them. I haven't really talked to him recently but (ASU wide receiver) coach Del Alexander came by the school a couple times and I like him, he's a cool guy. It's too far for an unofficial but I might visit them officially, I'm not sure yet."