Glencoe high school quarterback Erik Ainge made Tempe, Arizona stop number three on a tour of the five official visits he will make in five consecutive weekends. After visiting UCLA and Tennessee, Ainge had plenty to compare Arizona State with.
Be that as it may, the Hillsboro, Oregon native is playing things close to the vest and remains determined to make all five of the allowed official visits before coming to any firm conclusions.
"The visit (to ASU) was pretty good," Ainge said of the trip where he was hosted by Rudy Burgess. "It was during Thanksgiving so most of the college kids weren't on campus, but it was still good. I've liked all my visits so far and I'll keep an open mind for the next two [as well]."
Ainge knows exactly what he's looking for in a college and also what he timetable is for a decision. "I think I can get a quality education wherever I go, so really I'm looking at the players my age (at each school), the coaching staff and how I get along with everyone; how I get along with the quarterback coach," Ainge said.
With Ainge's roots in Oregon, he's familiar with the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State. How did the Arizona State-Arizona rivalry stack up? "I think it was probably about equal. You could tell that the two sides don't really like one another," Ainge said.
In the next two weekends Ainge will officially visit Oregon and then Oregon State. He also will complete in-home visits with each of the five schools remaining on his list. He plans on attempting to make a decision within two or three weeks following his Oregon State visit.
Ainge has been offered scholarships by each of the five remaining schools he is considering and he is academically qualified.
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