In its last recruiting class Arizona State signed four-star linebacker Khaylan Thomas out of Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Earlier this week, the Sun Devils offered a scholarship to a 2016 recruit at Etiwanda who is also Thomas's cousin.
Kamari Pleasant, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound two-way standout, wasn't surprised to find out about ASU's interest ratcheting up. He's been talking to coaches at the school for a long time and visited ASU on multiple occassions including most recently several weeks ago when ASU played USC.
"They gave me a hint it was coming," Pleasant said. "I called (secondary) coach (Chris) Ball, he was talking to me, said he was there with (linebackers) coach [Keith Patterson]. So then he had me talk with him and coach 'P' said they were offering me and wanted me to play Bandit (safety)."
Pleasant has 17 tackles and one interception this season along with 42 carries for 302 yards and five catches for 42 yards with four touchdowns from scrimmage.
"I've been balling out all over the field," Pleasant said. "I'm very explosive at all positions. Defensively I'm a big hitter, a ball hawk, I fly to the ball. I can take over at any moment of the game. Offensively, running back, I'm one of those backs, any given down can go to the distance, have the defensive coordinator stressing. I can catch the ball in the backfield as well since I'm also a receiver, but I feel like I'm un-guardable to be honest."
Through Thomas's insight and via his own personal experiences, Pleasant describes himself as being very familiar with the Sun Devils and encouraged by the scholarship offer.
"He likes the school a lot, like he loves the school," Pleasant said of Thomas. "We don't go too much into colleges, we just have family conversations mostly. He will probably bring it up more now that I got the offer.
"I like the campus a lot, the whole atmosphere. It's like a brotherhood there, it feels good."
Pleasant said the idea of making an immediate commitment didn't strike him as likely, but he'll probably set up an official visit with ASU for later this month or in November ahead of a decision that could come late this year.
"December is my birth month but it's a very important month to me," Pleasant said. "We have a lot of birthdays and it's Christmas. It's kind of a non-stop celebration so I might just do it then."
Montana State and UTEP were visit considerations prior to the ASU offer and Pleasant said Oregon offered a scholarship earlier in the process but hasn't connected with him yet on an official visit.
"It'll probably just come down to the way I feel when I'm there," Pleasant said. "Of course on the field but also the academics. All of the schools I'm looking at have my degree. I want to major in business marketing."