One of the West's top junior college pass rush prospects took an official visit to Arizona State this weekend and is now close to a college decision.
Dougladson Subtyl, who had nine sacks and 54 tackles as a freshman last season at Victor Valley Junior College in Victorville, Calif., is strongly considering making a commitment to the Sun Devils as soon as Monday.
"I feel like I'm committed," Subtyl said hours after his visit to Tempe concluded. "I want to just focus on school and leave the recruiting thing alone. Right now I just love ASU. It is a great fit for me. I'm going to commit. I think tomorrow maybe.
"It was like a family out there. I was like, 'wow.' The coaches talked more about the school than about football and I really liked that. I learned that all the football players who going there from junior college, the graduation rate is as high as anywhere in the country. It's crazy how they are helping the junior college players in school and also football. They have had JUCO kids go to the NFL, everything."
A native of Haiti, Subtyl moved to the United States with his father and two sisters early in his adolescence. He's only been playing football for three years. Seeing Arizona State in action Saturday in its 48-23 win over Colorado was an eye-opening experience.
"The game speed is so fast (compared) to junior college," Subtyl said. "The players are big and fast and it's a very physical game but I like that. I want to do that.
"When I was there I talked to (freshman defensive lineman) JoJo Wicker and (senior Devil backer) Antonio Longino. They are great players. Antonio is a monster. I know all his background, he knew all about me, we were just talking. They were like, 'man, we just want to keep it real with you. This is the best school. The coaches are going to help you, it's a good school, they will take care of you and make sure you're doing well in your classes. I was like, 'yeah, you're right.'"
At 235 pounds, Subtyle stands 6-foot-3 and is in the mold of what the Sun Devils are looking for in terms of the Devil backer position with Longino scheduled to depart after this season.
"My position coach (Shawn Slocum) he coached Clay Matthews in the NFL," Subtyle said. "They showed me the position, the plays, how they want me to play, what's best for me like a 2-point stance or 3-point stance. It's that Devil backer, a hybrid [defensive end].
"I'm not going to lie, I would never think Arizona State was going to be like that. To see it with my own eyes, it was way different. I thought it would be like a junior college football school in the desert or something but it's way different than that."
A strong and physical pass rusher, Subtyl said he's benched 375 pounds and squatted roughly 500. He also claims to have run a 4.5 second 40-yard dash when at 230-pound range.
"I'm getting better," he said. "It's getting easier every day I play. I think I was blessed with speed but I'm trying to get more physical, stronger, more technique. That's the main thing, I just need more technique.
Ahead of the visit to ASU, Subtyl told SunDevilSource.com that he was consdidering official visits to Auburn and Kansas State, but as of now he's only thinking about the Sun Devils.
"Coach (Todd) Graham talked more about school than football," Subtyl said. "He was like, 'you come here, you will get your degree.' That was big for me because school is the No. 1 thing right now."
Subtyl is planning to graduate in the spring from Victor Valley and have three years to play two seasons at the Division I level.