McCollum one week away from decision after visiting Arizona State

Junior College center A.J. McCollum visited Arizona State this weekend and has one more trip to make before he'll sign as soon as Dec. 16.

San Francisco City College center A.J. McCollum has a lot going on.

This weekend, McCollum officially visited Arizona State. Next weekend he'll officially visit Cal, and also play with his 11-1 team in the CCCAA state title game at home against Saddleback College. 

Immediately after that, McCollum will make a decision on whether he'll attend Cal, where he's currently committed, or ASU. 

"My visit to Arizona State was great," McCollum said. "I liked seeing the new facilities they're building and what the stadium is going to look like and all of that. It's pretty impressive what they're doing, like there's a lot of futuristic type stuff and I think it's going to be amazing when it's all done."

McCollum, 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, said the ASU visit was, "more impressive than I anticipated."

"It was just nice seeing that even though they're replacing a lot of seniors they also have a lot of talent coming back on the offense and it's not just going to just drop off," he said. "They've had one of the top offenses in the Pac-12 and in the country pretty consistently, like a Top-10 offense, and that's not going to be changing." 

A big part of the process for McCollum was to see if the players would reiterate what ASU's coaches, in particular offensive line coach Chris Thomsen, have been selling to him in recent weeks. 

"I talked a lot with (senior center) Nick Kelly and (redshirt freshman lineman) Sam (Jones)," McCollum said. "They were saying pretty much a lot of the same things they coaches were saying which tells you that they everyone is on the same page. With Nick, we talked about how they're true to their word, he was a center coming out of junior college up here (Northern California) too. ASU's done a really good job with junior college players, just being successful with them and with them coming in and playing a big role.

"I liked getting to spend more time with coach Thomsen and the rest of the coaches, getting to talk with coach (Todd) Graham, listening to what he had to say about the program and what they've accomplished and how the future is really bright there with everything they have going on."

McCollum, who will have two years to play two seasons at his next destination, said he also connected with Ventura College offensive linemen Tyson Rising, who was also officially visiting ASU this weekend. 

"We got along well, he's definitely my kind of people," McCollum said.

It's a pretty straightforward process in the week ahead before the Sun Devils find out if they're going to secure McCollum's services for 2016 and 2017. 

"I"m going to take this visit to Cal this weekend and I'll know what I'm going to do Monday and then I think the first day to sign is Wednesday and that's what I'll be doing," he said.


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