"Arizona State has been recruiting me for a month now," said the 6-2 215 Devin Thomas. "They're one of the best programs in the Pac-10, and I'm excited to get down there and check out the facilities and the campus." Defensive coordinator Bill Miller is recruiting Thomas, as well as Walker.
The three-star prospect has given Michigan State a soft verbal last month, and has already taken other trips prior to the Sun Devils one. "I already visited Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. I'm a mid-year transfer, so ASU is more than likely my last visit before I sign next week." He added that he does have an online class to complete by January is order to have his academics in order.
"My speed (runs a 4.4) and physicality are my strong points," said Thomas as he described his skills. "I like to go one-on-one with the defensive back. If I have any weakness it is being a young receiver. I only played the position a year and a half – I was a running back and a cornerback before that. But I know I can get better with time."
If there's a school that can sway him away from the Spartans, they will have to meet the following conditions. "I'm looking for a school that has good facilities, and has a good school for communications which is my major," Thomas commented. "The way the coaches and players treat me will make a difference too."
The 6-3 315 Brandon Walker is a first team 2005 NJCAA All-American selection, and is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the JUCO ranks. He indicated that his recruitment with the Sun Devils began the same time as Thomas' did.
"I've been to Oklahoma and Illinois so far," said the four-star recruit. "I'm gonna visit Michigan State and Oklahoma State next month, but Tennessee might slide to one of those spots. I'm not gonna make a decision before I take all my visits. It has been kinda hectic with all the phone calls and coaches come to visit, but it's been fun too."
"My quickness and power are my strong points," claimed Walker as he self-assessed his attributes. "I do a good job just pushing the player in front of me out of the way. I could probably be a better pass blocker. I'm being recruited as a right guard."
The lineman said that he's looking for some early playing time and a school that has a high graduation rate. In regards to his upcoming visit he remarked "Arizona State has made a very good impression on me, and I can't wait to go down there and see what they're all about. I hear they got nice weather there."
The Coffeyville Ravens went 9-3 on the year and lost 21-17 to Georgia Military Academy in the Golden Isles Bowl Classic. Ironically, the victorious bulldogs feature two other coveted ASU prospects – Jasper and Casper Brinkley.
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