Brandon Ruiz (© AAG)

Local kicker Brandon Ruiz flips commitment from Alabama to ASU

Local kicker Brandon Ruiz de-committed from Alabama on Sunday and announced his commitment to Arizona State on Monday morning.

A high school recruit flipping a commitment from Alabama to Arizona State? Yes, that just happened.

Williams Field (Gilbert) product Brandon Ruiz announced his de-commitment from the Crimson Tide program on Sunday, and on Monday morning, Ruiz announced his commitment to the Sun Devils.

The three-star prospect becomes the 14th recruit to commit to ASU's 2017 signing class, and is the eighth local prospect to offer a pledge to the Sun Devils.

Ruiz initially committed to Alabama in June of 2016, but the Sun Devils continued to recruit the local prospect throughout his senior season and into 2017.

With the departure of 2016 Lou Groza Award winner Zane Gonzalez, Ruiz has the opportunity to step in and handle ASU's kicking duties from day one. Gonzalez finished his career as the FBS career leader in field goals made (96) and points by a kicker (494), converting on 23-of-25 field goals in his final season with the Sun Devils.

If Ruiz follows through with his commitment and signs with ASU on February 1, he will become the only scholarship kicker on the Sun Devils' roster.

During his senior season, Ruiz converted on 17-of-20 field goal attempts with a long of 58 yards and also made 66-of-67 PATs. Ruiz also registered 88 touchbacks this season. Ruiz's marks helped him earn an opportunity to kick for the West squad in the U.S. Army All-American game earlier this month. 

Aside from serving as his team's place kicker, Ruiz handled punting duties at Williams Field this season and averaged 41.5 yards per punt on 37 punts. 

Ruiz is considered the No. 1 ranked kicker in the class of 2017 by Chris Sailer, who runs Chris Sailer Kicking, which hosts national kicking camps attended by many of the nation's top specialists. 

Ruiz officially visited ASU the weekend of December 2 and took his official visit to Alabama the following weekend. 

With Ruiz's commitment, the Sun Devils now have an average star-rating of 3.36 among the 14 players pledged to the program's 2017 recruiting class. 

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