Scout100 recruit Bryan Addison is slowing things down. Way down.
A four-star athlete at Serra High School in Gardena, California, Addison had an announced Top-4 of Arizona State, Oregon, Nebraska and UCLA with a decision date scheduled for Friday. ASU and UCLA were battling neck and neck for his signature.
Things can and do change though in recruiting, and Addison is now planning to wait some months before picking a future college.
ASU may have been Addison's pick on Friday due in part to his older brother Joseph Bryant being a sophomore on the Sun Devils' track team, but his family made sure he realized there is no rush.
"At one point [the Sun Devils] were right there as I was thinking about committing, but then my brother told me to do what's best for me," Addison said. "After talking with my dad we decided to play it out, wait for the season and now I'm probably going to do it at Homecoming at Serra.
"What it just came down to is, I didn't want lose out on any opportunities and I still want to consider every school and really know my options."
Academics and early playing time are important components of Addison's research and he wants to spend more time to understand those elements at the schools under consideration. He didn't have as full of a perspective on that as he felt he should to be making a decision this week.
With reported scholarship offers from the aforementioned four schools plus Oregon State, Oklahoma, Utah, USC and Washington State, there are a lot of suitors for Addison. It's no surprise considering the 6-foot-4, 180 pound athlete is the No. 96 overall recruit in the country, and No. 5 at the athlete position.
The Sun Devils are going to remain a strong considering. He spent three days in Tempe and was able to extensively see the campus and facilities and continue to relationship build with the program's coaches.
ASU likes Addison as a safety, and he's earned a lot of praise for how the off-season has gone in high profile events including the Nike Opening regional and Under Armour All-American Camp.
"Coach (T.J.) Rushing and coach (Donnie) Yantis (Recruiting Director) are the coaches I talk the most with there," Addison said. "Coach Rushing, he asks me a lot of questions about myself, just everything, not only football. We have a good relationship, I'm cool with him right now, coach Yantis too."
The family component is very strong at ASU and will remain so, Addison said. He is planning to officially visit the Sun Devils in the fall. Between now and then, Addison will go the The Opening Finals this summer in Oregon and try to stop by to see the Ducks while up there. Other official visits will take place as well.
"We're very close so it was great to be around him," Addison said of his brother. "If I were to choose ASU, it would be good to have family there that could look out for me. We spent the whole weekend together and that was a lot of fun. It definitely helps ASU that he's there because you always want to have that support system in place."
As a junior at Serra Addison recorded 56 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes defended.