Arizona State Goes After Local Product

ASU's first commit came from an in-state player and new head coach Dennis Erickson is hitting the local products hard trying to keep them at home. They offered another in-state prospect today. Read more inside…

Arizona State's staff has already offered Desert Vista HS (Phoenix, AZ) teammates Allante Battle and Steven Figueroa, they are going for the trio and offered 6-3 260 pound defensive tackle Zeb Togiai today.

 

Togiai informed Scout.com that Erickson asked him to come to Tempe and have a meeting with the coaching staff. Togiai and his family met with six coaches including TEs coach Dan Cozzetto, DL coach Grady Stretz, Erickson and three other coaches. There they informed him that the Devils were going to extend an offer.

 

Togiai says that Erickson told him that "they have been wanting to offer but were waiting on his grades." Zeb says that they have improved a lot, "I go a 3.0 last semester."

 

He adds that his core GPA has risen to between 2.2 and 2.3 and he has scored "around 900" on his SAT. He continues, "I am re-taking four core courses and I should get A's and B's in them and I should be good." In fact he missed the USC camp this week because he had to stay in Phoenix and take finals in summer school.

 

ASU is Zeb's fourth offer joining Arizona, San Diego State and Washington State. So how does ASU stack up? He says that they are one of his early favorites.

 

He was also asked if teammate Steven Figueroa's commitment to the Devils would play a factor and he responded, "It's a big factor. Steve and I are real cool, real close. It's a big part in pulling me to ASU."

 

Another factor could be staying close to his family. But Togiai has a lot of family in California as well. He just moved to Phoenix last year and schools like San Diego State and Fresno State could be viable options.

 

So exactly when is Zeb's going to pull the trigger and commit? He says, "I'm not sure." Some other schools like Colorado and Oregon State have been showing interest and he wants to weigh out his options.

 

Here is video of Togiai in action:

 


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