One of Arizona's top high school pass rushers earned a scholarship offer from Arizona State this week.
My-King Johnson who collected 79 tackles including 23 for loss and 13.5 sacks last season as a junior at Tempe High School, is the newest in-state priority target of the Sun Devils.
"Growing up I always was a fan of ASU because pretty much at Tempe High we are like on the campus at ASU," Johnson said. "I've rooted for ASU just because that's home. So that was great to get an offer from them, it really means a lot to me."
A high achieving student at Tempe with a reported 3.6 grade-point average, Johnson said academics will play a major role in his eventual decision and he likes ASU in that regard as well.
"Also they have a really good broadcasting program there which I'm very interested in because I'm thinking about studying meteorology. ASU is a really good school right now, like No. 1 in the country (in innovation by U.S. News and World report)."
Johnson, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, said ASU coaches are expected to detail more about the scholarship offer soon and also be at Tempe High School for the evaluation period. He's also looking forward to seeing more about what the Sun Devils have to offer by visiting the school and engaging with the defensive staff.
"I'm not really sure who else might offer but Arizona State, Arizona, UNLV, Nevada, NAU and New Mexico have offered so far," he said. "I'm very elated and very humbled by it. I really wanted to get a scholarship to have my education paid for so I wouldn't have to worry about that."
A Devil backer projecting to ASU's scheme, Johnson gets off the line of scrimmage very well out of a 3-point stance for an edge pass rusher. He thinks he'll add another 20 or so pounds as he continues to develop for the role at the next level.
"I'm definitely going to be patient with recruiting just because I'm a person who believes there's a lot of options and you have to look at every one seriously and not just take one that looks good at the moment," he said.