Sun Devils in Hot Pursuit After Local JC LB

Newly appointed ASU head coach Dennis Erickson has made it his recruiting priority to nab as many mid-year JC transfers as possible. What better way to start that journey, than contacting Glendale CC standout Morris Wooten. Does this West Virginia commit welcome this recruiting attention? Wooten answers that question and others concerning his recruitment in this exclusive Devils Digest interview.

"I talked about a month ago to Coach Stretz and that was the first time ASU contacted me," said the 6-0 235 Morris Wooten. "I didn't hear that much from them since. Then today Coach Simmons called me and said how interested Arizona State is. I'm going there for a visit this weekend, and they'll probably offer me a scholarship on the visit."

Wooten was born and raised in Phoenix, and attended Maryvale High School. He has been attending Sun Devil games at a very early age, mainly because of his cousin and ex-Sun Devil Mitchell Freedman. This season he attended the last two home games against Washington State and UCLA. "I always loved ASU," he remarked. "And I always wanted to go there."

In his sophomore year for the Gauchos, Wooten tallied 104 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. "I'm a physical player, and I can move fast sideline to sideline," said the middle linebacker of his skills. "I always go with my first instinct. I need to focus more on my pass coverage." GCC lost to the Valley of the Sun Bowl, and finished 2006 with a 9-2 mark.

As mentioned, the linebacker has committed to West Virginia, which along with UTEP are the only two schools he officially visited. With his looming official trip to ASU, how does he now describe his commitment to West Virginia? "I'm not a solid commit and not a soft one, just somewhere in the middle," he replied. He added that he has no other planned visits after ASU.

With his strong local ties here, and his desire to don the maroon and gold, could Wooten commit on his Sun Devil visit? "It's a chance," said Wooten who's friendly with current ASU players Keegan Herring and Robert James. "Staying close to home is very important and that's what's going through my mind right now – how much I wanna play in front of friends and family. I've seen what West Virginia has and this week I'll see what ASU has. I'm looking for a school which has good academics and good team chemistry, so I know I can be a part of it."

Wooten attended Idaho State for one semester after graduating from Maryvale. Due to his redshirt season Idaho State, Wooten will have 2 to play 2 after he signs on December 20th.

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