Dixie State Defensive Duo Signs with ASU

Mid-year transfers Will Kofe and Beau Manutai signed letters of intent with the Sun Devils today, and will enroll in Tempe in the spring. DevilsDigest talked to the two following their official visit and commitment to ASU this past weekend.

Defensive end Will Kofe, originally from Long Beach, Calif. was one prospect that hasn't been recruited for a long time by the Sun Devil staff. Nevertheless, once he was noticed matters moved rather quickly. "ASU kinda overlooked me," said the 6-2 270 Kofe. "But they watched my film and they loved me. They offered me like a week and half ago. I was considering Michigan State, Boise State, Hawaii, Utah State, Colorado State."

In 2004 Kofe recorded 32.5 total tackles, including five for a loss. "I'm quick to the ball," he said of his skills. "I have a good feel for the ball. My weakness would be my strength."

Kofe proclaimed that ASU was his first and last visit, and when listening to him describe that trip, that statement shouldn't come as any surprise. "It was just the love I felt there from the players and coaches," he commented. "They really made me feel good. I loved talking to the academic advisor Jean Boyd. He broke it down saying that it's not all about football, and how you have to take care of academics."

Unlike Kofe, 6-2 245 linebacker Beau Manutai has been on the Devils' radar for quite some time. "They've been recruiting me since June," said Manutai who hails from Rialto, Calif. "Utah, BYU, and Colorado State were also recruiting me hard. ASU was my first official visit."

Manutai needed only eight games to lead the Rebels (10-2 in 2004) in tackles with 40.5. 3.5 of those tackles were for a loss. "My strongest point is that I attack, fly to the ball, and make a lot of tackles," he said. "I could probably be in a little better shape. You know how it is, Christmas and all (smile)…"

Just like his Dixie State teammate, the linebacker was deeply impressed with what he saw on his trip. "The main thing I liked about the visit were the coaches," he said. "They were personable and real easy to talk to. They presented me with an opportunity to play middle linebacker in the Pac-10…the facilities were bar none superior to other facilities I've seen. I really like the area. It was fun hanging out with the players and hear them talk about their experiences at ASU." Sun Devil defensive lineman Jordan Hill and his wife hosted Manutai, who was accompanied by his wife on the trip.

The linebacker indicated that he earned his AA degree last May. Even though he has three years to play two, he would like to graduate in two years.

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