Arizona State offered two-star defensive tackle Shannon Forman less than a month before National Signing Day, but the Sun Devils outlasted their competitors and secured a commitment from Forman Wednesday.
Forman announced his decision to commit to ASU during a Signing Day ceremony at his high school, Southern University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Forman is the second defensive tackle to commit to ASU's 2017 recruiting class, joining three-star prospect and local product D.J. Davidson.
The 6-foot-1, 296-pound Forman chose ASU over two finalists, Missouri and Tulane. Forman also received offers from Arkansas State, Colorado and Troy.
Forman's recruitment didn't begin to take off until the month of January, when he received his first Power 5 offer from Missouri. Shortly after the Tigers offered, the Sun Devils followed suit and secured an official visit for the weekend of January 20.
Forman was recruited to ASU by running backs coach John Simon, who also attended Southern University Lab School before moving on to play at Louisiana Tech.
Forman also officially visited Tulane and Arkansas State, but made his final visit to Missouri. However, the impression the Sun Devils made on his trip to Tempe was strong enough to convince Forman to pursue his college career in the desert.
The Sun Devils return eight defensive linemen in 2017, including multi-year starters, junior Joseph Wicker and senior Tashon Smallwood. With the addition of Forman, more than half of ASU's defensive line will be from Louisiana, as Forman will join senior Corey Smith, junior Emanuel Dayries and sophomores Jalen Bates and George Lea.