Newly minted four-star Scout300 quarterback Tyler Shough gave Arizona State a chance to make its pitch this week.
Shough, a 6-foot-5, 195 pound signal caller at Chandler (Arizona) Hamilton High School, is planning to make his college decision in the next several weeks. He told Scout.com last week at the Elite 11 Finals that he's primarily looking at Cal, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina.
While that remains the case, Shough wanted to visit with ASU coach Todd Graham and offensive coordinator Billy Napier to get a better feel for the program according to his father Glenn Shough. The quarterback and his parents were on ASU's campus Thursday for the visit, which was three days after Shough and Hamilton participated in the Sun Devils' passing league.
"We did an unofficial," Glenn Shough said. "He's always been an ASU fan. I'm an ASU double grad, his mom is an ASU grad. You've got to respect the local school and go see what they have to say. Graham, it was very nice to talk to him. It was something we hadn't done yet. We love coach Napier, he's been great, been recruiting Tyler for five weeks. He was just waiting for the go ahead on the offer once (Camm Cooper) made his decision" to commit to Washington State.
Despite being a local prospect, ASU didn't offer a scholarship to Shough on May 28, later than the other schools on his list, save Cal. It put ASU a little behind other programs, a challenge exacerbated by Shough's stated preference to leave the state for college.
"I think he just wants to experience a variety of cultures and cities and see how that works," Glenn Shough said. "I'm from Michigan and moved to Arizona and I've lived in California. I've lived in three places. I think he wants to maybe have that experience. I played football in California at a small school called Cal Lutheran. I had walk on offers to ASU and Duke but I chose to go to Cal Lutheran."
Shough is expected to make two more visits this month and then make a decision in late June or early July. ASU's certainly a long shot at this point, even after the unofficial visit this week. But the two sides are expected to continue to have a dialogue.
"Everyone says we need to commit here in the next several weeks so that's probably what he'll do," Glenn Shough said. "We've got visits to Cal and North Carolina coming up in the next couple weeks and so he'll probably make a decision from there."
Michigan is the only school that already has a quarterback commit in the 2018 class among the schools Shough is considering. But he's still being recruited by Michigan and giving the program strong consideration, according to his father.
Shough has been one of the most buzzworthy quarterback recruits in the country this spring. He vaulted from unranked to No. 182 overall and No. 16 at his position in the newly updated Scout300 national rankings, and Shough was among the quarterbacks selected for the next month's Elite 11 at Nike's The Opening.
"It's validating. It is a litmus test for how things are going. So it's good because it validates that work that he's put in."