Introducing the 2006 Class - Garrett Judah

Since 1997, no other Pac-10 school has had more players taken in the NFL draft than Arizona State. Naturally, this is a powerful statement to be made when the Sun Devils recruit various prospects. Furthermore, ASU can also boast that defensive coordinator Bill Miller, has coached several players who now suit up on Sundays. Consequently, it was the later fact that drew linebacker Garrett Judah to sign with the maroon and gold.

"I was contacted by Arizona State in the summer before my sophomore year," recalled Butte College standout Garrett Judah. "When they called, I knew right off the bat that I wanted to check out that school. (Offensive line) Coach Myers told me about Coach Miller and the players he coached, and that got me interested right away. He coached linebackers that are legends and that I idolized like Ray Lewis and Julian Peterson."

Judah was offered a scholarship when the Sun Devils started courting him, and admitted that "On my recruiting trip I pretty much knew that I wanted to go there. I just had to make sure that my grades were in order." Ironically, it was academics that prevented him from being a mid-year transfer, and already finishing up his first semester in Tempe. The linebacker, who was a 4A all-state selection at Sunset (Ore.) High School, attended Portland State after his successful prep career. He greyshirted and then redshirted before deciding to attend Butte College.

"There was a mix-up in my credits. My Portland State transcripts showed I didn't have enough credits for my AA degree from Butte," he said. "We all found this out after I already enrolled here at ASU and I was here for a week. I just had to take this one math class, so I went back to Butte and I'm taking that math class and some other classes that will go towards my degree at ASU."

The linebacker was naturally disappointed from a football perspective that he couldn't be part of the team and participate in spring practice, which would undoubtedly help his acclimation to Division I football. "It was definitely a long and expensive ordeal driving all the way down there and coming back after a week," commented Judah. "I had to call my old roommates and see if I could still live in my place again. I guess overall, it wasn't that bad coming back to Butte." He added that he's on track to fulfill his academic obligations.

Judah was named first-team All-Northern California in 2004 and 2005 at Butte College, when the Roadrunners sported a 9-3 and a 9-2 record respectively. He was also selected as an honorable mention Junior College All-American. Last season, the linebacker collected 102 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. "My blitzing is one my biggest strengths," said the junior college transfer who runs a 4.6. "I'm good getting those big fat linemen off-balance and get through the holes (smile). I do need to take on more blocks, and not run around them. Right now I'm at 240 pounds. I want to be at 245 – that Brian Urlacher weight (smile)."

Judah is one of five new linebackers who will join ASU this fall. He mentioned that he isn't worried about the probable stiff competition that could brew at his position, or the specific linebacker role he will play at. "All that matters is what you do on the field," he said. "I'm excepting to play a lot early, and I'm going there for a starting spot. Coach Miller wants to see where I fit the best once I get on the field. I really like how the defense zone blitzes a lot. I try to anticipate counts too."

The linebacker plans to come to ASU before June, and not only work out with the team (and continue the conditioning program laid out by ASU's conditioning coach Joe Kenn), but also take some summer school classes. All this in order to smooth the transition he's about to endure on and off the field. "The speed and athleticism is going to be at a higher level than junior college," he said. "Off the field it may take a little getting used to, but I went to school in Portland and that's a pretty big city like Tempe. Back then I would wake up at 6AM, and I know I'll be doing the same here. It's tough to do that again, but at least it's a nice weight room at ASU (smile)."

And a linebacker unit that needs some depth is awaiting him as well…

Recruit Profile

Name

Garrett Judah

High School/Junior College

Sunset High School (Beaverton, Org.)/Butte College (Oroville, Calif.)

Position

LB

Height

6-3

Weight

240

Date of birth

06/13/84

Birthplace

Portland, Ore.

Nickname

"Judah or Portland."

Favorite TV show

"UFC Fighter on Spike TV."

Favorite movie

"Gladiator."

Favorite singer/band

"I like old school rap and singers like Tupac and Jazz singers like Al Green."

Favorite food

"Spaghetti."

Favorite drink

"Mountain Dew."

Favorite athlete

"Lavar Arrington and Dick Butkus."

Favorite pro team

"Dallas Cowboys and Portland Trailblazers."

Person you most admire

"My dad because he's been an inspiration for me, and has always supported me."

First football memory

"Winning the championship at sixth grade. Those were my fullback days. I was over the weight limit, so I couldn't run the ball (laughs)."

One thing most people don't know about me

"I write poetry."

Why did you choose ASU?

"Coach Bill Miller."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"Hopefully in the NFL. If that doesn't work out, I'd like to be in the Real Estate business."

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