Pair of Local JUCO's Sign with Sun Devils

Dennis Erickson and his football staff have been hard at work since arriving in Tempe. Recruiting was the first order of business in their new job, and their fruits of their labor materialized today. Defensive end Eric Tanner from Phoenix College and Morris Wooten from Glendale Community college signed their Letters of Intent with the Sun Devils and will enroll in time for the spring semester.

"When Coach Erickson came to ASU he showed me a lot of love," said the 6-3 260 Eric Tanner. "I didn't really hear from ASU before that. So I visited them on the weekend and decided together with my family that I'm gonna go to ASU. I like it that I get to play in front of family just like I did at Phoenix College."

There is an ironic twist to Tanner committing to Arizona State. The defensive end committed to Minnesota three weeks ago. When Erickson came onboard with the maroon and gold, Craig Bray the Golden Gophers' secondary coach, was offered the ASU defensive coordinator job by Erickson. Furthermore, the official word on his hiring is expected to come any day. Bray was also the coach who recruited the defensive end on behalf Minnesota. "Him coming to ASU didn't influence my decision," stated Tanner. "I'm happy he came to ASU. I just wanted to stay close to home and be on a team that I can get some playing time early."

Tanner, who prepped at Skyline HS (Mesa), finished the 2006 year with 63 tackles, three forced fumbles and seven sacks. The Bears standout will have three years to play two for the Sun Devils.

Much like Tanner, linebacker Morris Wooten (pictured below)de-committed from another program to join ASU, after noticing a spike of interest in from Erickson and his staff. The Gaucho standout grew up an Arizona State fan, playing for Maryvale (Phoenix) High School – an established pipeline of players to the Sun Devils.

Wooten, the first verbal commitment under Erickson, was relived to fax his letter of intent which took place at 11 a.m. "There was a lot of pressure from West Virginia to change my mind," he said. "But after I visited ASU last weekend I told them that this is where I'm going to. I called Coach Cozzetto and Coach Erickson and they were real excited that I'm a Sun Devil now."

The first team All-WSFL selection, tallied 104 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 2006. Wooten attended Idaho State for one semester after graduating from Maryvale. Thus he will have 2 to play 2 once he enrolls at ASU.

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