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Four-star safety Ely Doyle becomes Arizona State's first 2018 high school commit

Arizona State landed a pledge from one of the West's top safety prospects in 2018, beating fellow Pac-12 programs Arizona, UCLA, Utah and Washington State in the process.

Even before he made a visit to Arizona State this weekend, Ely Doyle knew what the outcome would be. 

A four-star safety recruit out of Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California, Doyle became the Sun Devils' first 2018 high school commit on Saturday. 

"It was my third time coming up here," Doyle said. "Coach (Todd) Graham is a great coach. I just love the environment, love the players, love the staff. It just is a perfect fit for me. It feels like home for me.

"I knew I was going to commit. I told my parents and everything even before we left. But when I was there, I talked about it more with my parents. I just told coach Graham I was ready to do it and he was really fired up."

Doyle, 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, made the trip across the desert with his immediate family just six weeks after soaking up ASU during Pat's Run in late April. 

"We toured the new (football) facility with coach Graham," Doyle said. "We did that and spent some time with coach Graham and (secondary) coach (T.J.) Rushing. It was great how they set it all up. The facility is coming all together. they said it'll be done next month. The weight room is big, the locker room is off the chain. It's like two times better than the facilities they have now, so it's real nice."

Doyle is the No. 6 ranked safety prospect in the West and No. 31 nationally. He had 59 tackles as a junior for 3-7 Alemany, and is known for his physical play and ball pursuit. 

The Sun Devils are recruiting Doyle to play the Spur position and also down safety. He is the program's second commitment of the 2018 class, joining Blinn College cornerback Dominique Harrison. 

"I feel like I'm a perfect fit for the program," Doyle said in an earlier interview. "I would transition easily into the ASU defense."


Arizona, Boston College, Dartmouth, Fresno State, Hawaii, Montana State, Nevada, New Mexico, Northwestern, Purdue, UCLA, UNLV, Utah and Washington State have reportedly extended a scholarship offer to Doyle. 

"Even though my coaches (from Alemany) went to UCLA they weren't going to pressure me about going there or anything like that," Doyle said. "They just wanted me to make the best decision for myself."

Doyle took visits to Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Purdue in the spring, in addition to seeing several schools in the West, and camping at UCLA. But he kept coming back to ASU. So much so, that he's already starting to think about his freshman season, even though he has another year of high school to complete. 

"Freshman year I'm definitely trying to start or at least get a lot of playing time," Doyle said. "I'd like to be all-freshman in the Pac-12. I'm very excited about committing to Arizona State and what the future has in store."

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