Arizona State lands commitment from JUCO pass rusher Koron Crump

Fort Scott Community College linebacker/rush end Koron Crump committed to Arizona State on Monday over Cal and other major college programs.

Versatile junior college linebacker Koron Crump wanted to take some time to think about the possibility of making a commitment to Arizona State after visiting the school over the weekend. 

One day is all it took. 

"I've been talking to the coaches there a long time and trust them a lot," Crump said. "I have a good relationship with them and then when I went there it just felt right. When I came back home my mom asked me if it felt like home and I said it did."

Crump, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, reportedly had 11 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. He's expected to graduate in December and be enrolled at ASU for the spring semester. 

"It had a family atmosphere," Crump said. "The players there made me feel really welcomed. (Senior Devil backer) Antonio Longino especially. He's a guy like me who came from junior college and there's some similarity. He just told me everything I needed to know and I felt like it was the place for me."

ASU is recruiting Crump as a versatile linebacker. He can play not only Devil backer, but also Spur and WILL and be a sub-package pass rusher. The Sun Devils are working to increasingly ramp up their range, length and athleticism across the board defensively. 

Cal was runner-up in the recruitment Crump said, and Baylor and Tennessee extended a scholarship and were very involved at different points of the recruitment. 

A native of St. Louis, Crump connected with ASU coaches, including defensive line coach Jackie Shipp. 

“[Shipp's] been telling me like how I can help the defense, where he’s going to put me on the defense, line me up, what defensive lineman I’d be playing,” Crump said in a previous interview with SunDevilSource “He has just been checking on me, see how I’ve been doing. Sometimes, it isn’t even about football.”

Crump's double-digit sack effort is his second such season in a row. As a freshman at Fort Scott -- where he primarily plays from a 3-point stance as a defensive end, Crump had 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. 

Crump is the sixth defensive commitment of the 2016 class for ASU and 16th overall. 


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