Durrell Chamorro, the 6-0 180 kicker, told DevilsDigest that the recruiting process with ASU has been very positive, and that he came away impressed from his trek to the Valley of the Sun. "It's a great place to go to school," he said. "The kicker they have now (Jesse Ainsworth) said it best – Arizona State has a great climate for kicking. After visiting them last week, that's definitely true. Everybody would agree that Sun Devil stadium is one of the best stadiums to kick in. It's 70 degrees in December…it just doesn't get much better than that."
Chamorro added that he planned to go on his trip with teammate Shawn Oatis, but since he visited other schools that haven't offered the safety a scholarship, he did visit alone. In a recent interview to DevilsDigest Oatis indicated that he plans to trip to Tempe sometime in July.
The kicker, who's virtually eligible with a 3.9 GPA and a 950 score on the SAT also stressed the good feelings he has about the school's educational aspect. "I liked Jean Boyd who's in charge of academics," Chamorro commented. "He's a class act and very impressive. I was really impressed with the flight school on the east campus – it was sweet! Their program has 100% job placement."
The Sun Devils have extended a scholarship offer to Chamorro back in April, which followed a period of other contacts made during his junior year. ASU was Chamorro's last unofficial visit this summer, following other unofficial visits to Colorado State, Washington, and Oregon State. He added that all those four schools are also his likely targets for official trips in September and beyond. He listed education and fitting in socially as the most important factors in his ultimate decision.
Even though he also assumes the punting duties on his team, he's solely being recruited as a kicker. In his junior year he was 10/15 in field goals, with his longest field goal made being 47 yards. He missed only two PAT's all season. "I'm well rounded," he remarked on his skills. "Last year I was better on field goals, but I got a lot better on my kickoffs. My distance on my kickoffs has really improved. I can pretty much get the ball in the end zone every time."
The kicker didn't want to disclose his favorite school, but he did overall talk about the Sun Devils in glowing terms. "They're definitely up there at the top at the list, and are contending. But all the schools that offered me are pretty much even." The timing of his decision is an issue which he still finds himself struggling with. "I was advised to commit early so I can alleviate the pressure during my senior season," he explained, "and concentrate on the (high school) team. But I know that if I wait to commit, I'll probably get one or two more offers because some schools like to offer late. I don't know when I'll decide. But I know I don't have to take all my five trips before I make my decision."
Chamorro Loves ASU's Climate
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