Introducing the 2007 Class: Adam Tello

Some schools put a premium on having a young coaching staff, with the hopes of players better relating to coaches that are closer to them in age. Yet players like Adam Tello fully recognize the value of a grizzled veteran group, such as ASU's, that has a combined 200 plus years of coaching experience. The O-lineman stated that this was a major factor in his recruitment by the Sun Devils.

"Coach Erickson (18 years as a head coach, 36 years total coaching experience) knows what he wants, and he knows what to do to get there because of his experience," said Adam Tello. "He and (Offensive Line) Coach Smith have been together for a very long time. What I like about Coach Smith is that he's older and has more experience. His attitude towards the linemen is great, and I really like his style of coaching."

Tello stated that he liked Arizona State since the first time he saw the maroon and gold on TV, and ironically has been a coveted player by the Sun Devils for quite a while now. "During my junior year they were calling me, texting me, sending letters, keeping me updated," he recalled. "I knew it was a good school, but I didn't know if I really wanted to go there because I knew the coaches were gonna get fired and I didn't know who they were gonna get to replace them. But when they got Coach Erickson I was definitely more interested."

Best friend and fellow Norco High School offensive line mate Garth Gerhart followed a similar recruiting path to that of Tello. However both players have always denied that they were the proverbial package deal that was destined to attend the same school. "Because we're both friends, I guess we like the same things," Tello explained. "We both liked Colorado, but when we felt that the offensive line coach there was gonna leave (which he eventually did), we decided not to go there. I told Colorado from the beginning that it was a soft verbal. Garth was more solid than me (in his commitment). ASU started talking to both of us at the same time and we both liked the coaches and had a good time on our visit." Tello also chose ASU over Arizona, Colorado State, Hawaii, Louisville, Oregon State and Washington.

Both Tello and Gerhart were the recipients of the 2006 Co-Most Valuable Player of the C.I.F. Eastern division, an award rarely presented to an offensive lineman. The Norco Cougars finished with a 12-2 record in 2006 and captured the C.I.F championship in their division. Tello was ranked as the 36th best offensive guard in the country by

ASU's incoming freshman bench presses 405 pounds, squats 555, and power cleans 290. That sheer strength aided the Cougars power run style of play that has been so successful in last two seasons. Nonetheless, he doesn't consider himself a one-dimensional blocker. "To me pass blocking was easy, but I know it's gonna be more difficult in college," he remarked. "At Norco is was more one-on-one blocking, and in college it's more zone blocking. But I like to get out there and block people. When I would double-team with Garth on a defensive lineman, we would just destroy him. That's pretty fun."

Tello along with the vast majority of the 2007 recruiting class has been on campus for one week now participating in ASU's bridge program, as well as the team's off-season workouts. "Tempe is very nice," said Tello. "I thought I was gonna die the first day here with the weather, but I'm already used to it. Right now we're just running and because we do it at 6 am it's not that bad. Next week we start lifting." Tello added that all freshmen have a 9 pm curfew and lights-out at 11 pm. Thus, he's looking forward to his first weekend in Tempe where he'll have more free time and a chance "just to drive around and get to know the city. I already been to Mill Avenue and it's real nice."

With a new level of academics and football play awaiting him, Tello acknowledges that this upcoming year will be one of constant adjustment. "It will be more comfortable having my best friend here," he noted. "But it's still a whole new experience and I'm just looking forward to it." Consequently, the notion of redshirting, a virtual given for almost all incoming freshmen offensive linemen, sits very well with the Norco standout.

"Redshirting is gonna help you get used to playing at this level," Tello commented. "Every lineman that comes out of high school is big enough, but you still have to get used to the speed of the game. You have to work hard, get stronger and work on your weaknesses. Redshirting just gives you a whole year to get better."

Recruit Profile

Name Adam Tello

High School Norco (Calif.)


Height 6-4

Weight 290

Date of Birth 4/4/89

Birthplace Los Angeles

Nickname "Tough Boy"

Favorite TV Show "Rob and Big"

Favorite Movie "300"

Favorite Singer "Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E."

Favorite Food "Spaghetti"

Favorite Drink "Mountain Dew"

Favorite Athlete" Michael Jordan"

Favorite Pro Team "San Diego Chargers"

Person you most admire "My dad. He's a good man and he supports his family."

First Football Memory "First time I got a sack. I was 11 years old. I didn't do a dance of anything, just pumped my fists."

One Thing most people don't know about me "I like the movie The Phantom of the Opera (laughs)."

Why did you choose ASU? "I like the people there."

Where do you want to be in ten years? "Hopefully in the NFL. If that doesn't work out I'd like to be a fireman."

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