Junior College safety Maurice London visited Tempe a couple of weeks ago, and was so impressed that he gave his verbal commitment to Coach Dirk Koetter and his staff, before he even left town. "I like the fact that ASU is a national caliber school," exclaims the 6-1 180 London. "They were ranked #21 in the pre-season and that was attractive. When I visited ASU, I loved the campus, and the environment. I liked the academics too and that was important to my mom." The safety hails from Grossmont Junior College, who sent two other defensive backs to the Devils – safety Brett Hudson and cornerback Josh Golden. London says that he does know of that duo, but they weren't a towering influence in his decision.
San Diego State (his only other unofficial visit), Arizona, Oregon State, Kansas, and North Carolina were some of his other main suitors. "I was real excited at the possibilities of playing early," London mentions as another factor that attracted him to ASU. "The coaches were talking about Jason Shivers possibly leaving for the NFL, and all the other safeties were gonna be just sophomores next year." The safety who runs a 4.45 says that his field vision is his strongest asset. "I can look in the quarterback's eyes and know what he's going to do." London states that his strength and speed are aspects of his game that he would still like to improve on.
The safety says he has 20 more units to take, and a "C or above average" will allow him to graduate in December and enroll at ASU in January of 2004. "It feels good to get the commitment out of the way," says London. "Now I can concentrate on the season and my classes." And the task of replacing Jason Shivers just may have been accomplished.
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