There's No Place Marcisz Rather Be

Granada HS (Calif.) Offensive tackle Mike Marcisz called the summer camp he attended at ASU in June, one of the best camps he's ever been to. The feeling was obviously mutual since the Sun Devils extended him a scholarship on the last day of that Tempe camp. Marcisz examined his other Pac-10 options, and decided that when playing college football he wishes to don the maroon and gold.

"They weren't that interested in me before they offered me," recalled the 6-6 285 Mike Marcisz, who also plays on the defensive line for Granada. "So I went to their camp and played well there. I got to know the coaches and I got real friendly with them. Coach Simmons was the one recruiting me, and I got to meet Coach Myers and Coach House, the strength and conditioning coach." The lineman also attended the Nike combine, as well as camps at Cal and Fresno State. The later school was the only other program to offer him aside of course from Arizona State.

The ASU coaches commented that the lineman reminded them of Levi Jones. Ironically, his favorite player is on the other side of the ball, Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. "I need to get faster and stronger, and just improve my technique," he said of his skills.

Marcisz, who hails from the Northern California city of Livermore, decided to be proactive in his recruiting, and check out schools that haven't yet extended scholarship offers. "I figured that Cal and Oregon would offer me later this year," he explained, "so I thought I would go to those schools and see if I even like it or not. I visited Oregon and it just wasn't big enough, after I visited Cal I decided I don't want to stay in the Bay Area anymore. So that was it – I liked Arizona State."

"I like the atmosphere around campus," continued Marcisz. "The facilities are real nice, and I like their construction management program. I really didn't know much about ASU before I visited them, but after I did I knew I don't wanna go anywhere else."

Marcisz declared that his commitment is solid and that he plans to visit ASU officially in the future. The lineman's commitment is the sixth verbal pledge that the Sun Devils have received from a member of the 2007 recruiting class.

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