The 6-3 180 Fobbs-Valentino, who hails from San Mateo, CA, has enjoyed the recruiting process thus far with the Sun Devils. "They started recruiting me three months ago," exclaimed the safety. "I knew that there were a good school, that they have a solid program and they know how to win. It's also attractive that they play three safeties." He added that he is very comfortable communicating with the coaches, who extended him a scholarship offer about a month ago.
Coach Walsh, Serra High School's head coach had similar views about the ASU coaching staff. "It has been a great experience so far with ASU," stated Walsh. "The communication is top notch, and their coaches don't play games."
Walsh also paid hefty compliments to his star defensive back. "He's a great player at free safety," said Walsh. "He has the frame to be bigger. His best characteristic is his speed (was clocked running a 4.45). He has long strides that cover a lot of ground." Walsh added that Fobbs-Valentino is the region champion in the 200m and 400m races. The safety listed his biggest weakness as making good reads, but exclaimed that he was a sure tackler with good man-to-man coverage, and a knack for finding the ball.
The Serra High School head coach mentioned that his safety had 49 tackles on the year, and recorded one interception, a forced fumble, and a recovered fumble. Ironically, his more impressive stats are at running back where he had 92 carries for 890 yards (9.7 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns. The safety is also an accomplished kick returner. On the year, he had 16 kick returns for 453 yards (28.3 yards per return), and a pair of scores.
"All the other schools besides ASU are recruiting me as a running back," said Fobbs-Valentino. "I don't care which position I play, but I do like the defensive side of the ball a little more. I guess ASU would have a little advantage because they're recruiting me on defense." The safety visited Cal last week, and is scheduled to trip to ASU this week.
The safety will visit Tempe with his parents, but quickly claims "They won't be a big influence on me. I just want to see if the school likes me and I like them, and see if I had a good experience visiting them. I just want to see how the environment is."
The Serra High School standout doesn't feel a strong need to stay close to home, and thus doesn't give Cal an advantage over his other suitors. He's planning to visit Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming sometime in January. However, Fobbs-Valentino, who is fully qualified, has no doubt about the timing of his decision. "If I like Arizona State, I'll probably commit to them. If I don't feel comfortable on the trip, I will take my other visits."
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