Defensive Tackle's Commitment Nearly Solid

Barstow (Calif.) standout Zach Niusulu, has three Pac-10 schools pursuing him. As matters stand now, his original favorite, to whom he verbaled back in April, is still in the lead. Devils Digest talked to the Sun Devils' first commitment of the 2006 class following his official visit to Tempe.

"Oh man, it was awesome!," exclaimed Zach Niusulu concerning his trip to Arizona State. "When I was there for Junior Day, I really wasn't exposed to a lot. But this trip, I saw everything and everything came up clear. My recruitment is still open-ended but Arizona State will be though to beat. I'm still planning to visit Arizona next month, but I doubt that it will be as good as ASU. I'm confident in ASU and ASU is confident in me."

The defensive tackle did visit Oregon State last month, and it seem it was out of respect more than due to genuine interest. "They gave a lot of their time recruiting me," he explained. "So I thought it was fair to give them back some of my time." He added that aside from Arizona he has no plans to trip to any other schools.

Sun Devils' defensive lineman Will Kofe was Niusulu's host on his trip, but he wasn't the only player that impressed the ASU prospect from a social perspective. "All the players are down to earth," he stated, "and they all looked at me like I was already one of them and I'm not even there yet. It kinda surprised me that they all thought I was a JUCO player, because they've been recruiting a lot of JUCO defensive linemen. The players' chemistry really stood out for me."

One reason Niusulu may have been mistaken as to his status is his 6-3 300 frame. "Now that I'm training for track and field (Niusulu is an accomplished athlete in the discus throw and shot put) I'm lifting a lot and gaining a lot of mass," he remarked. "I'm planning going into college at this weight and being pretty solid."

Early commits such as Niusulu are likely to get bombarded with attention from various schools in the several months leading up to signing day. Consequently, the Sun Devils have been diligent in keeping the communication lines with Niusulu as active as possible. "Coach Osborne has been keeping up with me weekly," he said. "He's been doing a good job keeping in touch. Coach Osborne and Coach Koetter also visited me last week. Coach Koetter is a great man and basically laid out everything for me. That visit went very well."

The defensive tackle's accomplishments on the field have been hard to track. "Since we're in a small school we really don't take stats around here," stated Niusulu. "I can't keep track because I'm so focused in the game. My family usually tells me how I did. The only players they keep stats of are the running backs (smile)."

Niusulu's Father, who is a Sergeant Major in the Marines Corps, accompanied his son during his trip. The younger Niusulu is academically qualified, and naturally lives a life that has him walking the proverbial straight and narrow. "There's no messing around the house, no messing around the school. Discipline all the way."

Virtues that can only help seal the deal between the defensive tackle and ASU.

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