Hargis Weighs in on Sun Devils

Following his unofficial visit to Tempe on Wednesday, one of the most coveted recruits in the state of Arizona talked to Devils Digest about his Arizona State visit and how they compare to his other suitors.

"It went pretty good," said the 6-4 290 Jon Hargis about his visit to Arizona State. "I got to learn about their Buisness department and DRS program (a program designated to assist students with learning disabilities). I felt good about those programs, and I had a good time talking to the coaches." Hargis added that he would want to compare ASU's DRS program to Arizona's learning disabilities program, and he will get to do so on Friday when he heads to Tucson.

Hargis mentioned that he talked to coaches Koetter, Nordquist, and Monachino on Wednesday, and that the conversation centered mainly on non-football topics, which was very much to his liking. "I kinda knew everything about the football program," the defensive tackle commented. "My main purpose for the visit was to talk about the scholarship, have some questions answered…but mainly just to talk about the Buisness department and DRS program."

Needless to say that the Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) standout is quite familiar with the Sun Devils. However, Hargis did point out one aspect that he did learn during his time on campus. "They (ASU) strive very hard at academics," he remarked. "They want you to develop as a player, but also develop as a person. They talked about how the players handle school and stuff like that."

The 2006 recruiting season may be currently at its infancy, but it's quite clear that both of the state's archrivals are waging a fierce battle for the right to land the services of the first team all-state selection. "Arizona State offered me a scholarship last Friday," said Hargis. "I was pretty happy to get it. I went to ASU's camp three weeks ago and they told me then that they would offer me in September. After the ASU camp I went to U of A and they offered me the day I got there. Five days later ASU offered."

"Right now both schools are neck-in-neck," Hargis continued. "Most likely I'm gonna stay in-state and choose between ASU and U of A. I just want to go to a place where I feel comfortable with the coaching staff, and like the educational program. That's why I'm really going to school for – the education."

It does seem that his timetable for a decision is more a matter of weeks than months. "I think I will decide on a school before the season starts, but I'm not sure right now. I'm not big on going out of state, so even though people say I should take all my visits to see what else is out there, I don't think I will."

For Sun Devil fans, hopefully Wednesday's visit is all Jon Hargis needed to stay close to home and don the maroon and gold…

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