Florida Recruits Enjoy Tempe Visit

They say good things come in threes, and the Sun Devils certainly entertained a trio of quality prospects this past weekend. Wide receiver Alphonso Bryant, linebacker Maurice Harris, and safety Joseph Nicolas, all from Homestead (Fla.) High School., ventured to Tempe this past weekend and Devils Digest got their impressions of the visit.

"I thought it was great," said Alphonso Bryant. "The people were nice, it was a big city, and (defensive coordinator) Coach Miller and the team showed us a good time. They have a very good academic program. Now that I visited them I like them more than I did before. Playing early is important to me and I talked to Coach Jackson, the receivers coach, and he told me that I just have to come here and compete and that's something I look forward to doing."

One aspect that particularly impressed (and quite frankly surprised) Bryant was the welcome he received from the Sun Devil student section. "The students had signs with our names on it…that was cool."

The 6-1 190 Bryant has 21 catches for 367 yards and four touchdowns so far this year, and tries to model his game after Indianapolis Colts' wide receiver Marvin Harrison. "I catch the ball well and I run good routes," he said of his skills. "I'm a physical player who loves to compete. I don't have one big weakness, but I can always improve my game."

Florida State and Miami, who both offered, are the only other schools the four-star wide receiver is considering at this point. ASU was his first visit, and he has not scheduled any additional visits as of yet. Bryant does however know that distance won't be a factor in his decision. "Near or far, in-state or out of state, it doesn't matter," he stated. "I'm just looking for a chance to play early, get a good education and graduate."

Joseph Nicolas was also impressed by the welcome signs in the student section, which was part of an enjoyable weekend for the safety. "It was a good visit," he said. "I really liked the environment, everybody was real nice. I like Arizona State more now that I visited them." Nicolas mentioned that the host players for all the Homestead players were Jamarr Robinson, Ryan McFoy and Troy Nolan.

The 6-2 195 Nicolas is primarily being recruited as a safety, but as a wide receiver for the Broncos he has caught 14 balls for 298 yards and four scores. "Covering and seeing the field as a defender are my strong points," he commented as he addressed his skills. "I'm very physical too. I need to work on being less aggressive and over not over pursuing the ball."

Miami, Auburn, Louisville, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Rutgers and Central Florida are all schools he's heavily considering along with ASU. The Sun Devils were also his first visit, and he has plans to visit Auburn (Jan. 12th), Central Florida and Miami. Those visits may not come until next year since he stated that: "I won't be making any decision until close to signing day." Nicolas nor Bryant indicated that they were not a package deal in terms of wanting to sign with the same school as the other.

We attempted to contact Maurice Harris but due to a disconnected phone number we were unable to interview him. We do hope to bring his impressions of the visit in the future. The 6-1 190 linebacker, who may end playing safety at the next level, has 52 tackles and four sacks through the team's first seven games.

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