Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen has been a busy guy.
With a need to replace four senior starters from his 2015 unit, Thomsen is looking to the junior college ranks for some fortification. He has already visited two such players in California in the days after ASU's regular season ended on Saturday.
San Francisco City College center A.J. McCollum a 6-foot-1, 285 pound player who is committed to Cal, spent time with Thomsen on Monday.
"Arizona State offered me a scholarship about two weeks ago and coach Thomsen has visited me a couple times since then," McCollum said. "I just decided that ASU is a school that I need to consider and they're heading in the right direction and I want to at least look at one other school and ASU is a good school to look at."
"[On Monday he] showed me who was going to be at each spot next year and it just looked good. The education is not as bad as some might say it is and I really can get a good education out of Arizona State. That's what my family was worried about. ASU has always been a school I've dreamed of going to. Just growing up, that's kind of a school that everyone thinks about going to."
Lightly recruited out of Aloha High in Beaverton, Ore., McCollum redshirted at Western Oregon before going the junior college route. He's a mid-year graduate candidate who will have two years to play two seasons in the Pac-12, and he's either going to sign with ASU or Cal.
McCollum said he's going to visit ASU this weekend and then take an official visit to Cal the following weekend before making up his mind.
"I want to know what we're doing to win," McCollum said. "That's really going to be a big part of what I'm going to do. Financially and housing wise it's a lot cheaper to be at ASU and that is a factor also, a big piece. My family also, my grandmother and my girlfriend, they're helping me make the decision also."