Knapp, English Pledge to Sun Devils

Tight end Dan Knapp and defensive tackle Jonathan English both verbally committed to Arizona State on Tuesday. The two became ASU's 17th and 18th known commitments of the 2007 recruiting class.

"I made the decision today at 2:30," said Knapp. "Coaches Bray and Cozzetto met me at school. I wasn't planning on committing when I met them, it just kinda happened. I just wanted to get the whole recruiting process over with. I really like the coaches, the players are cool, and ASU seems like a cool place to live."

Dan Knapp, a 6-5 235 Tight End from Reno, Nevada was selected first-team All-State, All-League and All-Region. In his senior year the tight end tallied 21 receptions for 295 yards and four touchdowns. "I'm a good blocker and receiver," he said of his skills. "I'm even in both those areas. I do need to improve on my route running." Knapp noted that Arizona State offered him a scholarship immediately after they saw his film, which was earlier this month.

The tight end chose ASU, who he visited on Jan. 12th, over Washington, and was also being pursued by Oregon State, Fresno State, Nevada and Boise State. The tight end is reportedly academically qualified.

Jonathan English, a 6-0 310 defensive tackle from John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, Louisiana visited Tempe this past weekend. He planned to take his last visit this weekend to nearby Tulane, and make a decision only after that trip. Yet, he decided to pull the trigger on Tuesday while he was being visited by ASU's defensive line coach Grady Stretz.

Following his senior year, English was named All-Metro New Orleans Defensive MVP, All-East Jefferson Parish Defensive MVP, All-District, and All-State. He also participated in Max Emfinger's 2007 All-American All-Star Game. As a junior, Jonathan English tallied 102 tackles, 11 sacks, and had two interceptions. As a senior he registered 117 Tackles (eight for loss), 23 QB Hurries, 11 Sacks, five caused fumbles, two pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries. The most remarkable stat that English may have is that one of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown.

Aside from Tulane, Minnesota and Oklahoma State were his other serious suitors. Wisconsin, Memphis and LSU were showing some interest in the defensive tackle the last few months. English is working towards becoming academically eligible.

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