Barstow DL Becomes ASU's First 2006 Commit

Junior day at Arizona State was a memorable event for Zach Niusulu. The impression left on him was strong enough to have him pull the trigger Friday morning and give the Sun Devils their inaugural commitment of the 2006 class. DevilsDigest was first in contacting him following his commitment, and in this exclusive interview discussed his decision.

Zach Niusulu, a 6-3 285 defensive lineman from Barstow (Calif.) high school, gave his oral commitment to ASU's coach Tom Osborne. "He's a very energetic guy like me," he said with a smile. "We were both on the same page hollering on the phone." When asked why he decided to act today he simply replied: "It's a dream to play at the collegiate level. It's pretty much first come first serve, so you might as well take the offer because it's a once in a lifetime chance."

ASU has been recruiting the lineman since his sophomore year, and all along Niusulu felt very comfortable with the process. "I just had a great experience the whole time with the ASU coaches," he remarked. "They're down to earth and nice to talk to. The program is very interesting, and it's very serious about both academics and athletics. I feel that I will fit in the program."

Older brother C.J. Niusulu is a junior at UCLA, but according to Zach wasn't part of his decision process. "He just talked about UCLA. They were recruiting me too, and so was Oregon, and USC." The Sun Devils were the first ones to offer him a scholarship, during his junior season, and that was no small factor in his decision. "It played a huge part," he admitted. "I didn't know how I stood as a student-athlete, and now that I committed to ASU a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

As mentioned, Niusulu attended the school's junior day, which reinforced his feelings towards ASU. "It was great to experience first hand how Arizona State looks, and how serious they were about the program," he said. "This was my first time visiting and it was a lot of fun. It's every kid's dream to play at the collegiate level, and just meeting the coaches alone put a smile on my face." He added that he was recruited as a defensive lineman, and not pegged into a specific role on the line. "I'll play wherever business needs to be taken care of."

In regards to his skills, Niusulu would like to get his 40-time down to 4.7, but added that: "I'm quick off the ball and I have good eye-hand coordination too." Niusulu has already qualified academically with a 3.6 GPA and a 950 SAT score. "I want to take it again because my goal is to get a score higher than a 1000."

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