MDN Duo Receiving Interest From ASU

Punter Jimmy Klingensmith and linebacker Shaun Deisler have been standouts on Marcos De Niza's team in Tempe. Both are being recruited by the Sun Devils and would love to make the short drive and don the maroon and gold following their senior year.

At 6-2 200, Jimmy Klingensmith is considered more physical than your average punter. To his delight, Arizona State has taken notice and has been recruiting him a few months now. "I grew up a Sun Devil fan," he said. "I've been getting letters from them. I would like to stay home and play for ASU. I've been a fan of theirs ever since I was a little kid. If ASU offered tomorrow, I'd probably accept that offer and end my recruitment. But if I get a good ride somewhere else and ASU didn't offer I would definitely consider that. It's great to get all this attention, knowing I can get good college education somewhere."

Klingensmith has received no scholarship offers yet, but is being pursued by Oregon, Washington State, BYU, California, San Diego State, Boise State, Colorado and USC. The interest he's receiving from the Trojans is in part due to their now former punter Thomas Malone. Klingensmith has worked out under Malone for the last few summers and is about to renew that routine in a few weeks. "It's a great experience," he remarked. "Just being able to watch his mechanics, and know that if I do the same I could be a good punter like himself, is great. I learned from him that I have to work very hard everyday."

Klingensmith was voted All-State, and is a two-time all region selection. He's also an All-State wrestler. In his junior year he had a 41-yard average per punt. "I do have a good form," he said of his skills. "I need to work on my drop and flexibility." Marcus Williams, a former ASU punter, coaches Klingensmith at Marcos De Niza and has put in his two cents in the recruiting department. "He's definitely pushing me hard towards ASU (smile)," he commented. "But Tom Malone is also pushing me there."

Klingensmith is scheduled to attend ASU's team camp next week. He sports a 3.0 GPA, and will take the ACT test on June 8th.

The 6-1 210 Shaun Deisler has excelled both in football and baseball this past season. He's been getting letters in both sports from the Sun Devils. While he has no scholarship offers to date, he has been hearing from Oregon State, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, UTEP, Utah, and Colorado State.

During his junior year, he had 127 tackles, three interceptions, two fumbles recovered, and two forced fumbles. He scored nine touchdowns from his running back position and collected 500 yards rushing. He also amassed 31 receptions. He was voted twice all-region in both positions. "I need to gain a little more weight," he said as he self-assessed his skills. "I could also get faster. I'm quick to the ball and strong." He posted a time of 4.18 in the pro-agility run at the Nike Stanford combine a few weeks back.

Deisler has lived in Arizona only for the last four years, but has followed ASU through out that time. "I'd like to be close to home," he admitted, "but I think it would really be fun to go away for college. I guess there's benefits to both."

He was selected the central region player of the year in baseball, and batted .508 from his catcher position. "If I get a baseball scholarship before I get a football one," he said," I may just take that one. I plan to make a decision this summer. I don't think I'll take the first offer I get. I want to see what's out there first. "

Deisler has a 3.4 GPA and has yet to take a college entrance exam.

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