Goebel Places ASU in Top Five Following Visit

Tempe was Garrett Goebel's furthest unofficial trip to date, and by his own testimony it was time well spent. Devils Digest caught up with the Illinois defensive tackle upon his arrival from his unofficial visit to the Sun Devils.

"It was a great visit," said the 6-5 270 Garrett Goebel. "It was great meeting up with the coaches and the players – they're all great guys. I really liked the campus - it was beautiful and I really liked Sun Devil stadium."

Arizona State, through defensive line coach Grady Stretz who is recruiting Goebel, offered him a scholarship last month. What it peculiar is that unlike most of the other schools recruiting him, the defensive tackle visited the Sun Devils before any of their coaches had a chance to visit Goebel's Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill. So what made him venture to the Valley of the Sun? "My uncle is an ASU alumnus," he explained. "Coach Erickson is a successful coach and I know he will turn this team around."

Prior to the ASU scholarship offer, Goebel fielded 15 other offers from the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among others. Indeed, the competition for his services is a stiff one, but the Sun Devils have made some strides. "I heard great things from my uncle about the school," stated Goebel "and after visiting there they are all true. There are some pretty awesome things down there that I like. The campus is beautiful."

As a junior Goebel registered 16 tackles for loss and earned All-Area and All-Conference, as well as second team All-State honors. "I need to work on my agility and speed," he said of his skills. "I'm pretty quick and strong, just need to work on the speed aspect."

Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Ohio State are all the schools that the defensive tackle unofficially visited prior to ASU. He's unsure if he will take anymore trips and noted that the Arizona State trip was definitely one of his most favorable experiences. "ASU is in the top five. Ohio State, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.) and North Carolina State are the other top schools," he stated. "I don't know if I'm gonna take any more (unofficial) visits."

Goebel claimed that distance won't be a factor in his decision on where to verbally commit. "I don't really think it will affect my decision," said Goebel who plans to make a decision before his senior year begins. "I'm looking good for a school with good people and good academics."

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