The official visit taken to Arizona State by Carmichael, California, Jesuit High School running back Beau Bisharat may well end up being his last.
Less than a week after reopening his recruitment following an earlier commitment to Stanford, Bisharat is feeling the crunch of an ultra-condensed process with National Signing Day looming on the very near horizon Feb. 6.
"When I was committed to Stanford they didn't want me taking official visits to other schools so I didn't," Bisharat said. "So a lot of the schools that had been recruiting me before I committed (in May) have either told me they're full now, or I haven't heard from them, like Oregon, Washington, UCLA I believe is waiting to hear from a few guys."
"I'm taking everything day by day right now. Even though I haven't heard from some schools that had been recruiting me (early on), my phone has really been going non-stop since all of this happened and I haven't had time to really get settled with everything it. But I would rather not wait until signing day and all of that stress so I don't think I'm going to take an official visit this next weekend and I'll probably try to make up my mind by Friday on what I'm going to do."
ASU immediately reached out to Bisharat upon learning of his status change with Stanford -- which Bisharat said took him by surprise since he felt he'd been academically and otherwise meeting or exceeding every expectation put to him by the school's coaches -- and was rewarded with the weekend's crucial official visit.
"Todd Graham is the one who reached out to me personally," Bisharat said. "I appreciated that he did contact me and just decided that I was interested in taking the visit and seeing what Arizona State had to offer. It was pretty cool, I really just hung out with coach Graham most of the weekend and was able to get a pretty good feel for him. I was able to get a better sense of their offense and what that's like there also. Then I also got to meet my position coach (new ASU assistant Kodi Burns). I like him a lot. He's really young and just easy to relate to and get a long with, has a really good personality."
ASU made a positive impression on Bisharat. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete who prefers to play running back in college and would get the opportunity to do so in Tempe, felt the program checked a lot of the boxes he's looking for.
"I feel like it's a very good opportunity," Bisharat said. "Coach Graham has been very successful, has the program on the upswing. It's been eight wins, 10 wins, really he's won a lot of games and had a lot of success. He shared his vision for the program and how they do things. It is a nice campus, a good environment, there's a lot of things to like about it there, it seems like a nice play to live and go to school. Also they said they'd wait for me even until June if it came down to it, which was nice to hear. So I could wait, but that's not my preference."
Bisharat said he took a lot of unofficial visits before committing to Stanford, but of the schools that he visit, only Washington State has circled back with an expression of interest. If Bisharat indeed makes a decision this week, only ASU and Washington State would be in the running for his commitment among campus he's seen in person.
A Scout300 recruit, Bisharat is ranked No. 283 overall nationally and No. 9 in the West as an athlete. As a senior, Bisharat rushed for 1,036 yards on 113 carries (9.2 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns. He played a limited role on defense.