Mougey Won't Mind A Position Change

Quarterback Darren Mougey is considered one of the best signal callers in the Grand Canyon state. He has proven to be a rare combination of a gunslinger and an accomplished scrambler. DevilsDigest talked to this ASU prospect about his recruiting endeavors, and how he may fit into the Sun Devils' plans.

ASU has always made it a point to recruit the best players in their back yard, and the 6-4 212 Scottsdale Chaparral standout certainly fits that bill. Mougey amassed 29 touchdowns and 2,129 yards, and led his team to capture the state championship last year. He proved to be a threat on the ground as well racking up nine scores on 308 yards rushing.

When asked how the recruiting process with ASU is progressing, he replied: "It's going great with them. They offered me late June, and I keep in touch with coach Nordquist a lot. I'm getting a lot of mail and email too." Other schools that have offered are San Diego State, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Duke. The quarterback said that the first two along with ASU comprise his top three, with no "clear cut" leader. He also adds: "I don't care if I leave the state to play."

Mougey (pronounced Moo-G) played as a safety in his sophomore year, but has solely played behind center ever since. He was told by the Sun Devils that they prefer him at his former position, but wouldn't rule anything out. "ASU said that they'll give me a shot at quarterback, but they also said they like me at safety. All the other schools are looking at me as a quarterback. I just want to play, so it doesn't bother me which position I'm looked at. ASU said they'd give me a shot there, so we'll see how it goes."

The Chaparral star lists his strengths as "Making plays, knowing the game, and being the leader on the field." But also admits, "I need to work on my overall quarterback skills, like drop backing and stuff like that." Mougey was fortunate enough to workout with a personal trainer, which also had NFL All-Pro, quarterback Donavon McNabb among his clients. Mougey talks about the experience: "It was good to get out with those guys and see how they work. You learn a lot from them. McNabb is real good giving you tips here and there. Deion Sanders and some Cardinals players were there too. They all were pretty cool to train with."

Academics are one area that Mougey has wrapped up. Now the ASU prospect is looking to take care of business on the field as well, and duplicate the success from 2002. "All of us on the team want to repeat our state championship and go undefeated. I just got back from camp yesterday, and we're all coming together. We really worked hard all summer, and we're looking good. I'm surrounded by good athletes on offense."

When it comes to deciding his school of choice Darren Mougey doesn't set a timetable but will rather trust his heart. "I'd like to make an early decision, but I also like to take some visits. I'll commit when I feel the time is ready." And when he does the Sun Devils hope they'll be able to reel in yet another fine local prospect.

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