Introducing the 2005 Class: Shaun DeWitty

As the off-season starts to wind down, ASU fans are anxious to see how the running back situation will unfold. With a depth chart filled with inexperience, this role will undoubtedly be the fiercest position battle going into the 2005 season. Thus, incoming freshman, such Shaun DeWitty stand a great chance not only to play right away, but also be an impact player. However, the Colorado ball carrier knows that nothing is a given.

"I'm gonna work real hard this summer and hope I get an oppurtunity to play," said Shaun DeWitty who was a pre- and postseason All-American selection by PrepStar Magazine. "Nothing is guarnteed. It all depends on how hard I work in practice. I'm not expecting anything to be handed to me." And if the Colorado Springs Player of the Year comes across as humble, that's exactly how he wants to be percieved. "That's what I've been taught, and that's what I'm trying to do. When I made my decsion to go to ASU, I didn't want to call a press confrence. I would rather just call the coaches up."

First impressions aren't always crucial, at least not according to DeWitty who admitted that the Sun Devils weren't high on his list of favorites at the begining of the recruiting process. "I met coach Fidler during spring practice after my junior year," he recalled. "I wasn't too excited about ASU then. They weren't my top school. I had schools like Illinois, UCLA, Michigan State, Kansas State, and Nore Dame that were recruiting me hard then, and I liked them better."

Nevertheless, the running back did put ASU in his final top three. From that point on, he decided to make his decsion heavily based on his official visits to this trio of programs. "I narrowed it down to UCLA, Kansas State, and ASU," DeWitty explained. "I based my decision on my visits to those schools. ASU was more family-orienated than the other schools. That was really the biggest thing." His desire to play away from his familiar surroundings was never in question. "I wanted get away from home and out of the cold (smile)."

The 2004 first-team all-state selection rushed for 2,225 yards (second in the state) and scored 39 touchdowns (led the state). This was preceeded by a junior seaosn campaign that saw him collect 1,438 yards and 20 touchdowns. "My strong points are my vision, reading holes, and making people miss," DeWitty said he he described his skills. "I do need to work on my blocking." The running back is also an accomplsihed track and field athelete. He's the only track and field athlete in Colorado to qualify in four events in the state meet (triple jump, long jump, 100-meters and 4 x 100-meter relay), and qualified for the state meet in the triple jump on the first attempt he ever made in the event. "If I do track and field at ASU, I'm just gonna do the long jump," said DeWitty who also runs a a 10.7 in the 100-meters. "That's my favorite event. I haven't talked to the coaches about this yet, so we'll see what happens."

DeWitty is fully qualified, and is scheduled to attend the off-seaosn workouts and the university's bridge program later this month. Much will be expected of this talented young player in 2005. His combination of raw talent and humility may be a reciepe for a sucessful freshman year in a position searching for playmakers.

Recruit Profile

Name

Shaun DeWitty

High School

Doherty (Colorado Springs, Col.)

Position

RB

Height

6-2

Weight

200

Date of Birth

9/26/86

Birthplace

Wicitha, Kan.

Nickname

"Just DeWitty"

Favorite TV Show

"Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

Favorite Movie

"Guess Who?"

Favorite Singer/Band

"Boyz II Men"

Favorite Food

"BBQ Chicken"

Favorite Drink

"Lemonade"

Favorite Athlete

"Jerry Rice"

Favorite Pro Team

"St. Louis Cardinals"

Person you most admire

"My mother. She put up with me for 18 years(smile)."

First Football Memory

"My first game. It was my sophomore year, I ran a deep post, and the quaterback overthrew me. The defensive back took my legs out when I was jumping and I made a flip."

Why did you choose ASU?

"I love the environment there and that's where I feel most comfortable."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"In the NFL. if that doesn't work out, I'd like to own a business."

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