Limited Play is Not Affecting Follett's Recruiting

An injury plagued junior season usually does not bode well for a player's recruiting prospects. Nevertheless, a solid sophomore season by the Clovis (Calif.) high school linebacker, has netted him several offers from Pac-10 schools. Follett talked to DevilsDigest about his recruiting with the Sun Devils and others.

"They offered me two months ago," said the 6-2 230 Zack Follett, who's ranked as a three star prospect. "They were my second offer. Fresno State was the first one to offer me, and then Arizona State. UCLA, Washington, UNLV, Duke also offered me."

"I met with Coach Meyers from ASU," Follett continued. "He made a very good impression on me. We talked for quite a while and had a very good conversation. He talked about Brian Urlacher (Follett's favorite NFL player) and told me stories about him. I really enjoyed talking to him."

The linebacker mentioned that when it comes to the position he's being recruited as, the Sun Devils have offered a more unique perspective than his other suitors. "All the schools are recruiting me as a linebacker," he commented. "But ASU said that if I got bigger they could see me as a defensive end. They also said I could play that safety/linebacker spot (i.e. Devil back)."

Follett played only three and half games in his junior season, when a broken foot sidelined him for the rest of the year. During that short period he was able to tally 50 tackles, as well as one interception for a touchdown. In his sophomore campaign, he really shined notching 151 tackles, two interceptions, six sacks, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. During that season he was named first team all-conference.

The Clovis standout considers himself as one who has a great knack for making plays. "I have a nose for the ball," he said, "and I have strong instincts. My speed is something I've been working on a lot, and I got my speed down to a 4.59 in the Nike camp. That was a good thing, because everybody is pushing speed these days. I was told that I need to work on my quickness and side-to-side movement."

Follett told us that he's enjoying the recruiting process, and has become quite savvy of it as time goes by. "I'm getting a feel to which schools are really interested in me, and which schools are pulling my chain. Some schools spend all this time looking at you in practice and on tape, and then they say we'll let you know."

When asked what are his thoughts of playing close to home he replied: "They kind of vary off and on. It would be nice to stay in California and play. But if I really enjoy a school and what it has to offer, I have no problem going away." He does have one caveat though, if he does decide to venture away from Clovis. "If I do go away, I do want to stay in the Pac-10 because I know my parents will get to see a lot of games."

The linebacker, who mentioned he's already academically eligible, has one main aspect in mind that we'll ultimately help him settle on a school of his choice. "The no. 1 thing is depth chart," he explained. "I know you have to compete to get a spot, but I don't want to go to a school that by the time I get there has three redshirt freshmen, one freshman, and only two juniors."

"I want to go somewhere where they need linebackers," Follett continued. "That's what I like about Arizona State. They saw me in practice, they watched my tape, and they offered me right away." Consequently, Follett indicated that the Sun Devils are very likely to be one of the destinations of his official visits.

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