The Opening: ASU recruiting notebook

The West's top offensive guard, Michael Eletise, cut his list to five schools this week and appreciates the extra miles Arizona State has gone in the recruitment. Get the latest on Eletise and a handful of other ASU targets from The Opening.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- College coaches are going to great lengths to impress Hawaii's top offensive lineman.

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."

ASU isn't the only school to have one of its coaches attend a service at Kaimuki, Eletise said. He's also seen Arizona and Michigan coaches at the church.

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.

At this week's The Opening, Eletise cut his list to five colleges: ASU, Arizona, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Washington. He said he'll likely officially each school before rendering a verdict.

"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

  • Michigan wide receiver Donnie Corley wore a Michigan State hat here, but said he's not close to a college announcement and ASU remains a possible official visit.

    "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."

  • After turning in the top Nike Football Training testing score of 147.96 earlier in the week, Houston-area wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, a teammate of top ASU quarterback target Dillon Sterling-Cole, said he's planning to visit ASU at some point in July.

  • Philadelphia tight end Naseir Upshur has visited ASU several times already and said he'd be back on the school's campus Sept. 18 for an official visit along with fellow Imhotep standout and The Opening participant, offensive gaurd JohnCarlo Valentin and another of their teammate's, 6-foot-5 offensive tackle Yasir Durant.

  • The two Arizona prospects participating, Saguaro's Byron Murphy and Brophy Prep's Connor Murphy, are each still relatively early in their recruiting process. Byron Murphy will visit Texas A&M and is also high on ASU and Washington. Arizona, UCLA, USC and Texas are also in the picture. Connor Murphy really likes ASU, Michigan and USC but is still relatively open.


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