Sun Devils Offer State's Top 2007 Prospect

When it comes to securing the local high school talent in Phoenix, no one has done a better job than ASU. In their bid to continue that tradition, the maroon and gold have offered blue chip defensive end Everson Griffen a scholarship on Thursday. Hours later, Devils Digest talked to the Avondale Aqua Fria standout about his recruiting with the home town school.

"They (Arizona State) have offered me today," said the 6-4 265 Everson Griffen. "I was happy I got that offer. My cousin Keegan Herring goes there. I really like the coaches and the program is getting better every year. Coach Stretz is recruiting me." Pac-10 foes Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon State have all offered as well, and the defensive end mentioned that all four Pac-10 schools are recruiting him the hardest. Louisville and Colorado State have also extended offers, and schools such as Notre Dame and Florida State are reportedly starting to make their way into the list of suitors.

During his junior year, Griffen collected 47 tackles (30 solo), including five sacks and recovered three fumbles. Offensively, he gained nearly 1,000 all purpose yards, posting 794 yards on the ground and 168 in the air with nine total TDs. He was named First Team All West Valley Region in football on both sides of the ball in his junior campaign. "I have a quick first step and I put my hands on a player before he puts his hands on me," he said as he described his skills. "I do need to work on my footwork."

With more out of state offers bound to pour in, does Griffen have the desire to stay close to home and not venture outside the Grand Canyon state? "It doesn't matter to me," he replied. "It really depends on the coaches, the relationship with them, the program, and what kind of school they have for the major that I'll pick." The Aqua Fria star carries a 3.2 GPA is taking his first college entrance exam on May 6.

Just like with any Valley of the Sun prep standout, the defensive end does already feel the inner-state rivalry expressed as both Arizona schools vie for his services. "I feel ASU and U of A battling over me," Griffen admitted. "(Arizona signee and fellow Aqua Fria schoolmate) Devin Ross is trying to get me to go with him to U of A. My family isn't pressuring me to go to U of A or ASU. They will support me in everything I do." He added that he plans to attend ASU' junior day on April 8th, as well as the Sun Devils' summer camp in June.

It may be only just a month or so since 2006's Letter of Intent day, but that's not stopping several schools heavily pursuing Griffen, who is still in awe over the recruiting process. "A lot of coaches have been calling already," he stated. "It makes me feel proud. When I first started playing, I really didn't like football that much, now it's like ‘Wow! Football can do some real good stuff for me.' I never thought that this would happen to me. It's kinda shocking."

As one of the top prospects on the west coast, he will surely get used to all the attention.

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