Arizona State made a great impression on Ventura (Calif.) College standout Tyson Rising when the 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive tackle visited the school for his official visit this weekend.
"It's impressive, definitely impressive," Rising said. "The place is really, really impressive. (Offensive line) Coach (Chris) Thomsen, he's a great guy. I love the way he coaches, and coach (Todd) Graham, I love the way he coaches too even so they're totally different. Coach Graham spent a lot of his birthday with me (Saturday) which was really fun and then he invited me to his house for breakfast too this morning, which was awesome. He tells it like it is and a lot of schools don't do that.
"With coach Graham being so honest, and then I asked some players and they almost word for word told you exactly what he said. He didn't sugar coat anything, I think that's something you get at a lot of schools but he was very straight up with everything and I liked that a lot."
The Sun Devils have four starting offensive linemen departing and have been active recruiting junior college players to replenish the unit as a result. Rising said he feels very much wanted by ASU's coaches.
"Coach Graham says being a junior college guy, we don't offer scholarships unless it's with the ultimate goal of coming in and playing and winning," Rising said. "He wants me to just come in and play, plug and play."
Joining Rising on the visit was his family, which includes 2018 Newbury Park quarterback Cameron Rising whom ASU is also now seriously recruiting.
"My family loved it, they liked it a lot," said Rising, who previously indicated his father's preference to be ASU. "My little brother was with me and he got offered a scholarship by them on the visit too. Coach (Chip) Long met with him and offered him, so that's really cool."
The younger rising already had reporter an offer from Cal, Fresno State, Oregon State and Washington.
Tyson Rising was waiting to see if Oregon would extend an offer before making visit plays for his final weekend trip before the start of the Dec. 16 signing period for mid-year graduates.
The Ducks did offer a scholarship, and now Rising will see what they have to offer before making a decision.
"I'm actually tripping there next weekend," Rising said of Oregon. "I can't say that it's going to come down to those two (ASU and Oregon) but they're definitely big time so they're definitely going to be up top."