The Arizona State offensive line will lose one starting tackle next year due to graduation and coaches are looking to bring in at least one junior college lineman to fill the large empty spot.
Junior college three-star tackle Ashton Julious is one leading candidate for the role and he is planning on making an official visit to ASU.
“I still got a heavy interest in them,” Julious said. “They’re still one of the schools that I’m interested in committing to.”
ASU loses senior starting right tackle Billy McGehee next season. The Sun Devils have other current players like redshirt freshmen Sam Jones and Quinn Bailey and true freshmen Zach Robertson and Steve Miller who could compete for the spot.
But, coaches want to bring in a large junior college player that is ready to play immediately and improve depth to the position group.
At 6-foot-8, 320-pounds, Julious fits the mold.
The tackle from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., is a former junior college teammate of ASU junior running back De'Chavon Hayes.
Julious told SunDevilSource.com about his initial interest in ASU in June.
He said ASU coaches have kept in contact with him since the summer and he talks with coaches once a week.
“They’re really showing me that they have a big interest in me and they really feel that I could come in and play for them and help their team out a lot,” Julious said.
Julious has not finalized the details with ASU coaches but plans on visiting Tempe the weekend of Nov. 14 for the team's Washington game.
Julious said he has already taken an official visit to Baylor, will be at Oklahoma on Oct. 24 and will visit Florida after his junior college season end.
When Julious is on the sidelines of Sun Devil Stadium in November, he will obviously be paying close attention to the offensive linemen.
He said he wants to see how the offense operates as a whole and if the play calling fits his play style.
“I feel like I can do everything well,” Julious said. “I can work on some things. But, I feel like I’m more of a run blocker type person. So I feel like that’s more to where I want to be, a dominant running team.”
On his visits to ASU and other schools he said he is also looking for the school that fits him best personally.
“(I’m looking at) the environment, how everything is, make sure I’m walking into a successful program and I know that they care about me, help me better my future,” Julious said.
Julious is set to leave junior college in December. Even though his time in junior college is running out, he is not rushing to a decision.
He said he does not know when he will make his commitment and does not have any favorites among the schools he's visited or plans to.