Arizona State made its second post-National Signing Day inclusion to its 2016 class Wednesday when it announced the signing of Tyler (Texas) Junior College standout Deion Guignard.
A 6-foot-3, 200 pound safety, Guignard had 83 tackles and three interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He has three years of remaining eligibility and is expected to arrive in Tempe in May.
"Actually this all happened within a week," Guignard said. "Before, I took a visit to Hawaii and then when I was in Hawaii [ASU] contacted me on twitter and we got a visit scheduled for the following week. So then I was just at ASU this past weekend."
Guignard said the dialogue with ASU was initiated with the program's newly hired secondary coach T.J. Rushing.
"I loved it at ASU," Guignard said. "I'm currently majoring in business (marketing) and I found out that they have a really good business school. I want to minor in kinesiology. It was beautiful there, I loved everything about the visit. They are doing a lot with their stadium and facilities and the area is nice, the school is nice, the program is good. I thought it was great."
One of the most appealing aspects of ASU for Guignard is that his former high school teammate at Euless (Texas) Trinity is ASU senior Spur Laiu Moeakiola, the player who hosted Guignard on his visit.
"ASU has always been one of my top schools since high school because one of my former teammates and football players is Laiu Moeakiola," Guignard said. "He said he loves it there. I didn't really want to be that close to home, either."
Guignard played quarterback in high school and redshirted in 2014 as a wide receiver before moving to safety last spring. He's only played safety with any degree of seriousness for one season.
"I played defense when they needed me (in high school) but that's pretty much it," Guignard said. "I'm very athletic but I didn't really know the ins and outs of the position."
Hawaii, Kansas, South Alabama and TCU had extended scholarship offers already according to Guignard, and Baylor, Houston, Northern Arizona, SMU and Syracuse had expressed interest.
"I wasn't planning on coming back for another (junior college) season," Guignard said. "I was just going to try to ball out in spring ball and see what was up, if I could get an opportunity I really liked."