Lone Star LB Pledges to Sun Devils

Los Fresnos is a small border town in Texas, and one that would definitely be considered off the beaten recruiting path. The Falcons' 12-3 season and strong playoff run undoubtedly increased their visibility. One beneficiary of that campaign was Justin Springer who got increased attention from several schools. Devils Digest talked following his ASU trip and verbal commitment.

"It was a great weekend," said the 6-4 220 Justin Springer. "The players and coaches showed me around the campus, and you could tell it was a nice place to live. I committed on Saturday evening, because I realized that this is where I want to play college football in the years to come. This coach staff wants to win a lot of games and wants to go to BCS bowls every year. "

In his senior season, the Texas 5A second team selection collected 154 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions for the Falcons. The middle linebacker's last game was the most memorable one, and is one that eventually determined his recruiting journey. Los Fresnos matched up with Austin Westlake at the 5A playoff quarterfinals. Springer tallied 17 tackles in that game, which impressed opposing quarterback Nick Foles, a Sun Devil commit, and his father.

"We sent DVD's to a lot of schools," recalled Los Fresnos Coach Scott Ford. "I know it's hard for schools to look at all the DVD's that get sent to them. But the whole thing with ASU started when Nick Foles' father told ASU about Justin, and we sent a DVD there and they obviously liked him."

"Justin started for us for three years, and for the last two years he's been the best defensive player this part of Texas. I've never seen a guy that tall just run through people and move so well sideline to sideline. His work ethic is second to none. I coached players like Tommie Harris who is with the Chicago Bears and none of them is harder worker than Justin. He's gonna just to continue to improve. It's hard to get recognition down here, and he was voted second team All-State. ASU is getting a great player."

Ford added that the All-Metro co-defensive MVP would probably be better suited to stay at linebacker and not grow into a defensive lineman. "He's too quick not to play at linebacker," he said," but obviously it's up to Coach Erickson." Justin's twin brother Jeremy was a star quarterback at Los Fresnos who passed for 3,502 yards and 42 touchdowns this season.

Kansas has recruited Springer, as well as Houston, Rice, and SMU. "I think I might check out Kansas just out of respect," Springer noted, "but I am solid on my commitment."

Springer reported that he's qualified academically. The linebacker becomes ASU's 13th commitment of the 2007 class.

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