Sun Devils Land Another Local DL

Former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter grew up a Sun Devil fan. His love for the maroon and gold was due in part to the fact that his family had a cabin near Camp Tontozona. Defensive lineman Jon Hargis' background is ironically similar in that sense to Walter. Following his Friday night phone call to the Sun Devil coaches, Hargis can share another trait with Walter – he too committed to Arizona State.

The Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) defensive lineman was highly coveted by both in-state schools. The heated rivalry between the Sun Devils and the Wildcats wasn't lost on him during his recruiting. "My dream was to play for Arizona State, " said the 6-3 302 Jon Hargis. "I was praying about it…I just felt like I fit in really well with the coaches. I have a good relationship with them and I felt that this is where I should play for. I made my mind up a week ago, and with football starting at my school I didn't have a chance until yesterday (Friday) to tell Coach Koetter."

"I witnessed it (the rivalry) very much during my recruiting," he said with a smile. "It's not about who has the best line. It's where the kid fits best and where he has a better relationship with the coaches."

Even though his family has a cabin nearby, today was Hargis' first actual visit to Camp Tontozona. He was pleased with the new look defensive line, and overall new scheme of the defense. "It's nice to see that's it's changing," he commented. "(Defensive line) Coach Monachino is a really good coach. I'm very excited to play for him and Coach Koetter. I think (Defensive Coordinator) Bill Miller is going to make a real impact."

While Hargis is elated to be a Sun Devil, he's also realistic as to the path his ASU career will take. "I'm pretty sure that I'll be redshirted as a freshman," he remarked, "but that will give me a year to get some experience down. I hope that in my sophomore year I can come in and contribute."

The lineman always stressed the fact that he wanted to make his decision before his season started. "It (recruiting) kinda gets tiring after a while," he explained. "Different schools say different stuff to get you to commit to their school. You have to find out what school isn't lying to you…Education comes first. With my learning disability, I tried to find out which schools had a good learning disability program, and ASU has a very good program. "

It has been well documented that Hargis' parents have been ASU season ticket holders for several years. Nevertheless, their influence on their son's decision is smaller than some may think. "They never pressured me," he said. "My parents stuck with me and said ‘whatever decision you make we'll be fine with. If you go to the University of Arizona that's fine, we'll drive there.' They wanted what's best for me." He laughed when suggested that it's a good thing that he committed to the Sun Devils so his parents wouldn't have to buy a separate pair of season tickets to the University of Arizona.

If nothing else, a few more Sun Devil season tickets would probably be the desired item in the Hargis household…

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