In-Home Visit Seals the Deal for Leo Talavou, ASU

The three star offensive lineman was believed to be a heavy lean towards Washington State. However, an In-Home visit by the Arizona State coaches on Wednesday produced the Sun Devils' latest verbal commit. DevilsDigest talked to Talavou about his decision.

In a Nov. 25th interview by's Allen Wallace, it was hard to believe that the 6.3.5 325 Talavou (who ironically saw WSU plays ASU on his visit) would go anywhere but Pullman. In that interview he cited the proximity to his brother Kelly (who plays in Idaho) as a factor that could finalize the decision for him.

Nevertheless, his brother told him to follow his heart. When it was all said and done, the impressions made by the Devils' coaching staff were too strong to overcome. "They have a great coaching staff," exclaimed the Fountain Valley (CA) high school standout. "They're young, and they know how to get it done. That's important because I'm gonna be with them for the next four years. They treated me well on my visit and made me feel at home."

Just like many other California prospects, Arizona State presented the perfect proximity combination. "Me and my dad talked it over," said Talavou, "Washington State was far away. ASU is far away to get away from home, but close enough to see my games. It all works out."

The timing of decision was very simple according to the lineman who still needs to improve in the classroom. "I didn't want any more distractions," he said. "I took two trips already, and I just wanted to concentrate on my schoolwork. I have finals coming up." On the same note, Talavou isn't open to other schools that may call following his decision. "I cancelled all my trips to the other schools (Oregon and Utah)."

Leo Talavou is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the West Coast, and would be a quality addition to an offensive line that was one of the bright spots in ASU's 2003 campaign.

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