Arizona State has landed its first 2017 post-National Signing Day addition.
Ceejhay French-Love, a 6-foot-5, 255 pound tight end at East Los Angeles City College, signed with the Sun Devils while on an official visit to Tempe on Saturday.
A graduate of Long Beach Poly High School, where he was a teammate of ASU defensive lineman JoJo Wicker, French-Love initially attended Division II Colorado-Mesa, which was his only offer at the time. He then played one season at East L.A., where he had 25 catches for 403 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
"It's the only Pac-12 school that really had interest in me and I know I really wanted to go to a Pac-12 school," French-Love said. "To be honest, I don't even know why I didn't get more (interest), I'm just blessed to get this opportunity.
"ASU started talking with me probably a month ago. At first I was talking to [recruiting assistant and offensive analyst Josh Martin] and it was a reliever, shoot. He was just getting my paperwork and grades and making sure I did everything I needed. Then coach (Todd) Graham called and offered."
French-Love is expected to have three years to play two seasons at the Division I level. He said the only schools that had expressed interest were FCS programs Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman.
"They said they are going to be running a lot of tight end stuff at ASU, so that's what really got me," French-Love said. "I talked with coach Martin, (offensive coordinator) coach (Billy) Napier a lot, I was with him for most of the day."
As a sophomore in 2016, French-Love was named first-team All-Metro League in the American Division of the California Community College Athletic Association.
"They used me a lot in the slot," French-Love said of his time in junior college. "But I can do it all. At (Colorado) Mesa they used me in-line so I'm comfortable doing anything."
The Sun Devils now have 20 newcomers signed as 2017 enrollees, including five players who are already in classes and will be participating in spring workouts.