Tyson Rising commits to Arizona State with clear purpose

Arizona State bolstered its offensive line heading into 2016 with the addition of two junior college players Monday, one of whom is tackle/guard prospect Tyson Rising.

Tyson Rising knows Arizona State is losing four senior offensive line starters from its 2015 team, and is resolute about the role he'll play for the program next season. 

"I will win a job in the spring," Rising said. "I don't want to sit on the bench. I've only got a couple years to play and I'm going to make things happen."

A 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive tackle at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif., Rising committed to ASU Monday and will be able to sign with the program on Wednesday as a mid-year transfer eligible to enroll in January. He earned first-team all-conference and all-state honors for his 2015 season. 

Rising was expected to visit Oregon last weekend after the Ducks reportedly offered a scholarship last week, but that trip didn't happen. He already knew what he wanted to do anyway. 

"I talked to a lot of people about recruiting and all of that and they said as you go through recruiting there'll be a place you just get that feeling and I believe I got that when I went to ASU," Rising said. "Seeing the campus and just being there on my visit just gave me that feeling."

Boise State, Colorado, Houston, San Diego State and Washington State also reportedly offered a scholarship to Rising, who can play tackle or guard at the next level. There was initially some concern about whether his height would enable it, but Rising said his future offensive line coach Chris Thomsen was put at easy about it after meeting him in person for the first time. 

"After he saw me he said he doesn't see any problem with me being able to play tackle," Rising said. "But we'll see how it goes, I have no problem playing anywhere they need me to, I just want to get on the field and help the team win and play.

"A lot of it is Thomsen, no doubt. He's a hell of a guy. I love coach Thomsen. He's a big reason for my pick and all that. He's something else, I can't wait to be coached by him."

Rising hit it off with fellow junior college offensive lineman A.J. McCollum when the two officially visited ASU together two weekends ago. McCollum also committed to the Sun Devils Monday evening, with the two players doing it just minutes apart. 

"It's great to have another guy like me also in the class that I connected with," Rising said. "That's going to be awesome.

"I wish I didn't have finals tomorrow morning and all that. I'm sure after Wednesday, when I get done with my last test it's going to hit me and I'm really going to enjoy it. I'm really happy about my decision. It's hard to explain. I'm just ready."

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