Rodney Glass has been a recruiting target for the maroon and gold for quite a while. The 5-11 175 four-star recruit has enjoyed the manner in which the Sun Devils are pursuing him. "Recruiting is going pretty good with Arizona State," he said. "I don't know much about the school, because I haven't gone on my visit yet, but I heard good things. Coach Fidler is recruiting me and I also talked to Coach Nordquist and they're both cool guys. They're very open and don't try to hide behind anything."
Glass helped Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks (Calif.) capture the CIF Championship season in 2004, as they finished with a 14-0 record. In that season he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 23 touchdowns on 112 carries. While the team was 13-1 in 2005, Glass' production improved significantly over his junior year. He scored 38 touchdowns, 34 of them in the rushing variety. He amassed 2,113 yards on 200 carries. His spectacular senior season landed him in the prestigious CaliFlorida All-Star game. "I didn't get much playing time," he remarked about the game in which the California All-Stars lost 22-0, "but it was a fun experience meeting all the different players and hanging out with them."
Despite his notable achievements, the running back is fairly humble about his skills. "There's always room to improve," he commented. "I'm pretty fast right now (runs a 4.29), but I know I can get faster. Strength and technique are stuff I need to work on once I get to college."
Aside from Washington this past weekend (this interview was conducted prior to that visit), and ASU on 1/20 Glass has no other trips scheduled. "Everything is open right now," he explained. "I may take more visits, but I'm undecided where those visits are gonna be to."
Glass who is academically qualified, has no timetable for a decision and keeps close to the vest the list of factors that will determine his school of choice. "I'm gonna judge everything that happens on the visit," he said. "There are some factors that may be important to me now, but that all may change once I take some visits."
Andre Crenshaw is a 5-10 185 prospect from Antelope Valley in Lancaster (Calif.). The Sun Devils have only picked up their recruitment on him a few weeks ago, but he's familiar with the program and some of the current and past players. "Arizona State has been recruiting me since right before Christmas break," he said. "It's a big school and located in a big college town. I don't know them personally, but I know of Rudy Burgess and Derek Hagan because they're from this area."
In ten games, Crenshaw rushed for 1226 yards and 15 TD's. On defense he collected 58 tackles, and two interceptions - one which was returned for touchdown. "My quickness and vision are my strong points," he said as he self-assessed his skills. "Getting stronger is something I need to work on, so I can run better between the tackles."
ASU is recruiting him as an athlete, but he may just end up landing in the defensive backfield. "Coach Fidler is recruiting me and he's the safeties coach. He said I can play in the secondary. I prefer to play running back, but I'll play any position in college." Crenshaw added that Ladainian Tomlinson is the player that he most admires in the NFL, and one he tries to model his game after. "I'm a lot like him," he explained. "I have real good hands because before my junior year I played wide receiver. My senior year I played outside linebacker along with running back. I basically been everywhere on the field with my high school team (smile)."
This past weekend he visited Washington (this interview was conducted prior to that visit). Oregon and possibly Oregon State ("I'm gonna try to visit both schools the same weekend") are coming up this weekend, and following his visit to ASU on 1/20, Michigan State will potentially be his last trip on 1/27. "I was gonna visit Boise State," he commented, "but I did cancel it because of the coaching change there. Signing day is coming up fast, and I have to narrow it down to five schools and take all my visits." Tonight, in a post-visit interview to Dawgman.com Crenshaw indicated that he may skip his last visit, and make a decision following the Arizona State trip.
Crenshaw, who's academically qualified, indicated that he's looking for a good environment and good coaches, and that those factors will help him settle on a school. While he definitely wants to leave his home state, he doesn't give the Sun Devils an edge because they are closer to his family than the other schools he's considering. "My mom and dad still have to fly to see me play," He explained.
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