Thiltges Holds ASU Offer

<b>Ben Thiltges</b> is one of three juniors at Tucson Salpointe that has been offered officially by ASU. All three received the scholarship extensions after stellar showings at the ASU summer camp this past year. The linebacker prospect missed last season with injuries, but has been told by the staff that his offer still stands.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
40 time: 4.75
From: Tucson, Arizona
High School: Salpointe

"I have been getting most of my letters from Arizona State and they tell me the offer still stands," explained Thiltges. "I tore my ACL before the season, and since that happened I went ahead and had surgeries on both of my shoulders; the left one in October and the right one in December. I would have played through the season with my hurt shoulders, but since I hurt my knee I decided to get the shoulder surgeries over with."

Thiltges says he is recovering well and will be full-go for next season, and most likely by summer time. If work ethic has anything to do with it, Thiltges could be healed up before then. "Ben is the hardest working player I have ever had," said Salpointe head coach Dennis Bene. "He has an incredible natural instinct for the game and he just outworks everyone. He is an overachiever. He has great hands as a tight end, but I think he'll be a linebacker in college."

Arizona State is the lone current offer, and he has also been receiving items from Princeton and Duke. "I would like to go anywhere big and play. ASU is pretty much the only one I am thinking about right now. I love the coaches and they run things similar to our program so there wouldn't be too much of a change. They also have unbelievable facilities."

Thiltges speaks of his strengths. "I love the game. I love to hit hard. I am relentless on the field and I play smart."

He carries a 3.5 core GPA and is taking the SAT in May. The Salpointe star is undecided on a major at this point.

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