Montana Lineman Pledges to Sun Devils

Ever since their days in Idaho, Coaches Dennis Erickson and Gregg Smith forged a strong relationship with Helena product Matt Hustad. The lineman committed to Montana, but once that tandem recruited him as part of the Sun Devils staff, Hustad started having serious thoughts about his decision. Before he visited Tempe he knew he may be ASU bound. A Scholarship offer today cemented his decision.

"I started taking to Arizona State about a month ago when the new coaching staff (with head coach Erickson and offensive line coach Smith) came in," recalled the 6-6 260 Matt Hustad. "They decided to bring me down on a visit. I know what they (both coaches) have done with other programs and I was looking forward to the visit there."

Hustad said that he tried to keep his interest with the Sun Devils under wraps, but that Montana found out last Friday that he was going on his ASU visit. "Honestly, I knew some people in my state would be mad at me," he admitted. "But I looked at the opportunity that was given to me and I knew it was something I couldn't pass up. I know that they'll try to maybe pressure me and change my mind, but my commitment to ASU is very solid."

Even when he was still en route to Tempe, Hustad was impressed with what ultimately be his school of choice. "Just seeing the stadium from the airplane…I was impressed so much," he said. "Walking around downtown Tempe, it just seemed livelier than Montana and there's a lot of things to do. I just love the atmosphere, and there really wasn't much to dislike…ASU offered me a scholarship today, and it took me just ten seconds to think about it and I said yes." Hustad added that he was hosted by Jon Hargis.

The lineman, who was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Montana, noted that the ASU coaches will probably have him play at defensive line, but playing offensive line may still be a possibility as well. "I have real good feet and I'm fast for my size," Hustad said of his skills. "I could probably work more on my upper body and put on 30 pounds depending where I would play." Hustad is a Seattle Seahawks fan and tried to model his game after the ‘Hawks offensive lineman Walter Jones.

Hustad mentioned that he's academically qualified.

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