Arizona State landed a commitment from Allen (Texas) High School running back Brock Sturges on Friday, just days after he visited the school.
Sturges, a 5-foot-10, 193 pound athlete, picked ASU over Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Utah and Vanderbilt.
"It's definitely a dream come true" Sturges said. "I've always dreamed about playing at a big time school, with big time players and having big time moments. To be able to do that at an institution like Arizona State is truly a blessing."
In his last two seasons, Sturges rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns as his team's top running back. As a sophomore at Katy Seven Lakes he rushed for 1,313 yards and 14 touchdowns. After a move to Allen due to his father's work relocation, Sturges rushed for 1,138 yards and 16 touchdowns. as a junior.
Sturges recently concluded a three-day Pac-12 recruiting trip in which he also visited Arizona and Colorado. The new football facility which ASU will move into next month had an impact on Sturges, and the overall vibe put the program over the top.
"Obviously I didn't get to see the fully finished product but you can tell it's going to be amazing," Sturges said. "You can tell they're going to do great things in the future and I just want to be a part of it.
"The feeling I got was special at ASU. Colorado and Arizona are great places, don't get me wrong. But the feeling I got from (running backs) coach (John) Simon, (offensive coordinator Billy) Napier and coach (Todd) Graham, I love all those guys and the energy around the program and guys working out, I fell in love with it. I think it's perfect for me and how it fits me."
Sturges is currently the No. 8 running back recruit in Texas in the 2018 class, and No. 54 overall prospect at the position nationally.
After this season, ASU will lose its top two running backs, seniors Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage. There are just three other scholarship running backs projected to be on the roster this season: sophomore Nick Ralston and a pair of true freshmen, Eno Benjamin and Trelon Smith.
Benjamin, a fellow Texas running back who became a U.S. Army All-American out of Wylie East High School, actually played a significant role in ASU's recruitment of Sturges.
Eno told coach Simon, 'You need to check this guy out, Brock Sturges,'" Sturges said. "Coach Simon, that's actually how he found out about me apparently, a few months ago. I'm so glad that Eno did that and can't wait to spend the next four years of my life there. It's amazing. Eno has been real supportive of me, he just texted me that he heard I committed and he was real happy for me. I'm going to schedule an official visit so I can spend some more time with him and the team."
Surges said his versatility is a strength, a player who can carry the ball inside or out, be a receiving threat and stay on the field to max protect.
"I'm kind of a three down back, versatile, not just someone who can carry the ball," he said. "I can catch the ball, I can block. I'm a great teammate, very supportive for everyone on the team. Just brings a hard worker, disciplined, tough, smart, like coach Graham says."
Sturges said his pledge is very firm and he won't be entertaining other schools' recruiting pitches any longer.
"I'm committed," he said. "Once I say I'm committed, I'm committed. I'm 110 percent with Arizona State. I won't be visiting any other schools. I'm a Sun Devil, all the way."
Allen High School is where ASU's Todd Graham was head coach from 1995-2000, before he took a job coaching linebackers at West Virginia.
Surges is ASU's third commitment of the 2018 class for the Sun Devils.