Lone Star Signal Caller Verbals to Sun Devils

When Nick Foles told the Arizona State coaches that he wanted to don the maroon and gold, he was not kidding at the least. The scholarship offer came earlier today and the Westlake (Austin, Tex.) quarterback immediately committed. Devils Digest was first to talk to Foles following his decision.

ASU's Head Coach Dirk Koetter placed the call to Foles on Thursday morning, and the process from there on was quicker than a well-executed two minute drill. "He called me and said that he wanted me to be a Sun Devil, and I don't think I spoke English for the next 30 seconds," said Foles. "I don't think I caught him off-guard when I committed so fast. He knew how much I liked ASU. I'm so excited. It's been a great day. I can't wait to play for ASU."

The 6-5 240 Nick Foles, who now becomes the team's second commit of the 2007 class, is no stranger to the Valley of Sun. One can say that the seeds of familiarity with the area were planted a long time ago. "Growing up I visited Phoenix and Tempe a lot," remarked Foles. "My dad always comes here on business, and his best friend lives here. So I've visited with him every year, and was also here during some spring breaks. I love the area and always knew that I wanted to live here. Two years ago I really started following Arizona State and liked them a lot since then."

The signal caller visited the Sun Devils during spring practice, and at the time ASU wasn't familiar with the Westlake standout. "I called them and they said that they'll talk to me," recalled Foles. "I met with Coach Koetter and Coach Wittke, they got to see my film, and we really liked each other. They started recruiting me and it went good from there. I wasn't sure if they were gonna offer me because they were already looking at two other quarterbacks, and I'm very lucky they offered me too."

Foles' admiration towards the maroon and gold grew even deeper when he got to know the individuals who run the program. "I was very impressed with the campus, and I got a great feeling about it," he said. "The athletic facilities are incredible. But the biggest thing for me is that everybody I met were great people and had great personalities. Talking to Coach Koetter and Coach Wittke…I knew those are the coaches I wanted to play for. I was just waiting to see if they were gonna offer me and they did."

During his junior year Foles threw for 2,350 yards and 22 TD's, and added eight more scores via rushing. He collected only six INT's, and had a completion percentage of 54%. Westlake went 9-1 in 2005 and was upset in the first round of playoffs. "I have a good arm and good vision," he said as he described his skills. "I weigh 240 lbs. so I'm pretty strong. I've been working hard on my footwork, speed…just everything. I want to get better all around." Foles was named first team all-district, as well as first team 5A junior class by TexasFootball.com.

To say that the Sun Devil offense is attractive for quarterbacks would be an understatement, and naturally that factor played heavily in Foles' decision. However, there's another reason why the Sun Devil scheme suits Foles nicely. "A lot of stuff ASU runs I already run at Westlake," he explained. "We mix in the run with a lot of passes and do some play action. It's just a style of offense I'm comfortable in and I want to be part of. I've heard amazing things about this offense, I got to watch the team practice and I feel very comfortable learning the offense."

Signal callers are known to usually commit early, but the reasons they do so may not be as pragmatic as Foles'. "ASU was my number one choice," he stated. "That's where I wanted to go. This just fits perfectly with my family and where I want to be. It's a great school, great program, and it has coaches I want to play for."

Schools such as Texas, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Mississippi have all shown interest in the Westlake standout. Foles doesn't know if those programs will back off or not following his decision, but as far as the level of his commitment goes he simply stated: "I want to go to ASU – that's where I want to go."

Foles is already academically qualified, and plans to attend the ASU team camp in June.

Sun Devil Source Top Stories