Will Long Time Sun Devil Fan Play in Tempe?

Defensive tackle Jon Hargis was born and raised in the Valley of the Sun. By his own admission, he has seen the Sun Devils play numerous times. Does that fact make his recruiting process that much easier? Hargis answers that question and others in this Devils Digest interview.

"I've had ASU season tickets for the last 15 years," said the 6-4 290 Jon Hargis. "But I don't know who's my favorite school – that's hard to say. I don't know when I'm gonna decide. I don't want to get offered too soon, because that usually means that you have to make a decision right away, and if you do that you can't see what's out there. I'm not in a hurry to commit right now."

The Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain standout attended ASU's Junior Day a few weeks back. While some of the stuff he has seen during that event was familiar territory, there was an aspect in particular that was entirely new to him. "One thing that was different from other visits was the academics presentation," he commented. "They really stressed academics. They talked about all the different programs that can help you with your studies."

During his junior year, the lineman recorded 81 tackles; ten quarterback hurries, five sacks, and two forced fumbles. New Mexico State is the only school thus far that has offered him a scholarship. "ASU has been recruiting me since the beginning of my junior year," said Hargis. "U of A and Texas Tech are recruiting me hard too." When asked about his experience during the recruiting process, he replied: "Last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy, but it's not crazy all the time."

Hargis was the only junior who made the all-state team. He prides himself on being a student of the game, and he does list that trait as his biggest asset. "I'm very prepared for each game and know what the offense is trying to do," he remarked. "I can also move laterally really well. I'm still working on learning how to shake off double and triple teams."

In general, he has no preference about staying close to home or venturing out of state. "I'm keeping my options open," said Hargis. "I don't want to focus on just one school and rule out the others. I don't think I want to go too far from home, but I'm not counting out any school either."

Hargis carries a 2.8 GPA and will take the ACT in May.

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