Matt Fawley Likes ASU's "Total Package"

When you're a standout high school Football player in Texas, a Football crazed state in the heart of the Big 12 conference, a school thousands of miles away would really have to swoop you off your feet to convince you to commit to them. This is a scenario that played out for 2001 Texas' All-State first team safety Matt Fawley, who will join ASU in the fall.

The first impression that ASU made on Fawley, was naturally a memorable one. "It actually started at the end of my junior season." Recalls the safety "They're one of the first schools that offered me, and that just stuck with me the whole time. I heard a lot of good things about Arizona State. Coach Grimes who recruited me, as well as coach Fidler and coach Koetter were all just awesome." The relatively young age of The Sun Devil coaches was another major factor that led to signing with ASU. "It really made a difference that the ASU coaches were pretty young. They just seem like a different type of coach. They were easier to talk to about anything. I liked that a lot." The fact that Sun Devils employ three safeties in their base defensive scheme is always attractive when recruiting safeties to don the Maroon and Gold. Needless to say, this didn't escape the eyes of this PrepStar all-Region selection. "When they told me that ran a 4-2-5 scheme with three safeties, it was very impressive and exciting at the same time. I knew there was a chance that I could be playing pretty soon."

The strong impression made by ASU continued with the official visit taken by the Pearce High School star. "The stadium was awesome. The weight room, the facilities…I just loved the total package. To play at a stadium where a NFL team plays, and the Fiesta Bowl, that's just great. I really liked the coaches. I just felt it was the right place for me. When I came back from my visit to ASU, I told my parents this is where I want to be" When asked what other schools were vying for his services, Fawley mentions: "Arizona, LSU, Texas A&M, and Nebraska. Nebraska was supposed to offer me, and then they didn't. I'm definitely excited to play Nebraska at the first game. It's on my birthday too." Fawley did visit ASU's bitter archival Arizona, and when we asked him to compare both schools, he said: "Going to Tucson and going to Tempe…there's just nothing to compare." Feeling homesick doesn't even enter the mind of this freshman to-be. Moving so far from home, is actually something he is looking forward to. "I felt that I just wanted to something else with my life in general. I lived in Dallas as long as I can remember. I have a lot of family in the northeast, so I'm familiar with that part of the country. I kind of wanted to get to the West Coast and see what that's all like."

Fawley is honest and forthcoming about his skills on the Football field: "I have real good vision. I can see things on the field that most players don't pick up on. I'm quick to the ball (runs a 4.45 in the 40 yard dash), and I can deliver quick hits. I consider myself a hard nose player." And his weaknesses? "I could get quicker, so I can cover real quick players. I need to do a better job stopping on a dime, and work on my back pedal techniques." The scorching Arizona summer won't deter him from arriving early to Tempe. "I'm looking to come to Tempe sometime in June. I don't know if I'll take some classes (Fawley is fully qualified academically), but I'm definitely gonna work out with the team." When asked about his expectations for the 2002 season, the safety isn't conceding anything. "I'm gonna come in and try to fight for a starting position. If I'm not doing that, that I'm not giving 110%. If it doesn't work out that I'm a starter, then the redshirt year will be a good learning experience that can better prepare me for the next year."

Recruiting for a team following a 4-7 season, is a daunting task to say the least. Therefore, the fact that ASU is able to sang players in the caliber of Fawley, from the clutches of the Big 12 powerhouses, is commendable to say the least. While Matt Fawley may be extremely awed with everything the Sun Devils have presented, he's hardly a wide-eyed naive player. He's ready to roll down his selves, because he knows it's his turn now to be the one making the long lasting impression. Delivering punishing hits from the safety spot, would be a good start…

Recruit Profile


Matt Fawley

High School

Pearce HS Richardson, TX







Date of Birth



Mt. Holly, NJ


No special nicknames. They just call me Fawley.

Favorite TV Show

That 70's Show

Favorite Movie

Jerry Maguire

Favorite Singer

Dave Matthews Band

Favorite Food

Any kind of meat

Favorite Drink


Favorite Athlete

Dick Butkus

Favorite Pro Team

Dallas Cowboys

Person you most admire

My parents. The way they raised me, I'm thankful for everything they have done for me.

First Football Memory

I was in fourth grade. I was bigger than most everyone was, but I didn't hit anybody. Then I laid out someone, and the coach told me I really could go far. That just stuck with me since I was little.

One Thing most people don't know about me

I'm pretty open about everything. I really can't name one thing that would surprise them.

Why did you choose ASU?

Just the total package. The facilities, coaches, and players. Just the overall picture, and where the program was heading.

Where do you want to be in ten years?

Coaching. It doesn't matter to me at what level.

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