Alan Branch Taking His Time

Very few defensive tackles in the Southwest are coveted as much as this New Mexico prep standout. Branch talked to DevilsDigest about his recruitment endeavors with the Sun Devils, as well as his other suitors.

"It's going well," Branch said concerning the recruitment process with Arizona State. "They call me every week and update me about the program. They just keep me informed about what's going on." The 6-6 315 Cibola High School star is impressed by many aspects of the Sun Devil program. "The coaches are great," he said. "Real friendly and nice. They tell me the truth about the program. They do a good job in informing me what they're looking for in the future." It's interesting to note that Branch is friendly with current ASU basketball player and former New Mexico player of the year Serge Angounou. "He dunked on me a few times." He said with a smile.

Currently ASU and Michigan are the only visits he has taken. Branch visited Tempe on Oct. 4th, and Ann Arbor on Oct 17th. When asked to compare both trips he quipped: "One place is cold and one place is hot (smile)…that's the only thing I could tell is real different. I had a great time in both places and I learned a lot. The coaching staffs in both places were great. So they're no negative things about any program."

When it comes to his future visits, Branch doesn't tip his hand on this topic as well. "I hadn't made plans to visit anyone else," exclaimed the defensive tackle. "I know I'll take more visits, I just don't know where…Colorado, Tennessee, Washington, Washington State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech – I'm gonna visit three of those schools." Consequently, he doesn't know when a decision will be made or how many total visits he will take before that announcement.

This ASU prospect claimed that proximity to his New Mexico home would not be a vital component in his decision. "It would be nice to play close to home so family and friends can see me play. But it doesn't play a big factor."

Branch portrayed his skills as being athletic, but raw. "I'm quick and explosive off the ball," he said. "I could probably work on my mechanics and using my hands better." He couldn't divulge his stats on the season just because "I don't pay attention to the stats until the end of the season." Cibola high school is currently in the state championship's quarterfinals, and Branch believed that with, what else, good defense they could reach the finals.

The defensive tackle mentions three main aspects he looks for when choosing a school "Get along with coaching staff and players, what kind of degree I want to get, and a school who has good crowd support." Academically, Branch has a 2.5 GPA and is awaiting his test score.

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