More than Just a Visit for Pflugrad

Official visit? The trip to ASU was more like a stroll down memory lane for Aaron Pflugrad. The Sheldon (Ore.) wide receiver grew up a Sun Devil fan while his father Robin was an assistant coach with the Sun Devils in the mid-90's. Pflugrad always had a warm place in his heart for the maroon and gold, and his official visit to Tempe last weekend, did nothing but strengthen that feeling.

"It went real good and they offered me a scholarship while I was down there," said the 5-10 165 Aaron Pflugrad. "I really enjoyed my time there. I always wanted to be a Sun Devil and being there was like being back home. I know a lot of the coaches there. I went to Coach Erickson's camps when I was in middle school and he was at Oregon State, and he recruited me when he was in Idaho. Coach Cozetto worked with my father at ASU, and I also know Coach Yarber…so I do know a lot of the staff there."

Aside form the coaches, Pflugrad also knows ASU verbal commit, WR Kerry Taylor, who he grew up with in the same neighborhood. "It would really be cool to play with him," he admitted.

In his senior year at Sheldon the wide receiver was named first team 6A All-State, following a season where he had 974 receiving yards on 60 receptions and his 11 TD's. He was named team MVP in football, and is an accomplished track athlete as well. "My strong points are my hands and route running ability," he said of his skills. "Obviously to play at the next level, I need to get bigger, faster and stronger."

Aaron's father Robin coached wide receivers at ASU from 1995-2000, and was part of the memorable 1996 Rose Bowl year. "When I was kid and my dad was coaching here I used to lookup to players like Keith Poole, Lenzie Jackson. J.R. Redmond, Courtney Jackson," he recalled. "They were all cool to me when my dad was coaching. It was nice when I was touring the facility to see pictures of the players that I knew back then."

Pflugrad visited Idaho unofficially when Coach Erickson was there, as well as Boise State. "I have Oregon on the 19th and Oregon State will be on the 27th," he said in regards to the rest of his plans. "I might make my decision before I take all my five visits, because I really like ASU. The only down thing is that it isn't close to family, but other than that everything was perfect. But because I lived there, it's no like it would unfamiliar to me. I feel very comfortable with ASU."

Even though his father is coaching WR's at Oregon, Pflugrad doesn't give the Ducks the automatic nod as his favorite. "Obviously it would be great to play for my dad," he said. "I'm gonna take my visit there and see how things go. But you can never just base your decision on only one thing, like if your dad is coaching there. I know he wants me there, but he tells me that my other options are very good ones and won't be mad if I did choose one of them."

He added that the fact that teammate and defensive tackle Bo Moos, who visited Tempe at the same time, might commit to ASU will certainly be a positive factor to consider in his recruiting process.

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