Sun Devils Eyeing Cerritos College Cornerback

With all of Arizona State's 12 commitments in the 2008 recruiting class coming from the high school ranks, it's a just matter of time when junior college players will be joining that list. Cornerback is one position that is being targeted from those ranks, and a prospect that is getting a close look is Davion Mauldin. Devils Digest talked to the Cerritos standout about his recruitment with ASU.

The 5-11 187 Davion Mauldin has just completed a shorten 2007 season, due to the Southern California wildfires. He ranks as the Falcons' second leading tackler with 56 stops, including 2.5 for a loss. The sophomore also registered two INT's and four pass breakups.

Mauldin, who has been clocked running a 4.4 has averaged 34.5 yards per kick return, which is tops in the Mission Conference. One of his 11 kick returns was for a TD. Cerritos College, located in Norwalk, Calif., finished the year at 4-5.

"I'm more physical than a lot of corners," he said of his skills. "I like coming up and making the tackles. I could work on my deep coverage. I do OK with that area playing corner, but I also played a little safety this year and when I played there I felt that I could do better with my deep coverage."

The cornerback is familiar with Arizona State through Sun Devil Assistant Coach and family friend Daryl Turner, and roughly a month ago met with ASU Safeties Coach Matt Lubick.

"I watched their games on T.V. and I'm loving the program right now," said Mauldin. "I like their defensive style, and I could see myself playing there. Coach Lubick said that he could see me fitting in there. A lot of JC players think they can play Division I football, but it's another thing to hear from a D-1 coach that you can play on their team. He seemed real excited about me."

The cornerback's lone offer is from Akron, a school he will visit officially on December 7th. Aside from Arizona State he's hearing from Washington State, Nevada, and Kansas State. "Washington State and Nevada are recruiting me pretty hard, so I expect to get a scholarship offer from them," remarked Mauldin. "I'm definitely gonna visit other schools, and Arizona State is a school that I really want to visit."

Mauldin, a spring 2008 graduate attended Cimarron Memorial in Las Vegas. In addition to being named1st Team All-State, he helped the team to the league championship. He posted 97 tackles on the season to go along with 11 pass break-ups, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was also the team's starting quarterback and earned 2nd Team all-conference honors and was voted his team's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Out of high school he attended Minot (North Dakota) State University and appeared in seven games as a wide receiver. "My coach's son went there so I joined him. I really didn't want to go the JC route, because if I got hurt or anything I was better off being in a four-year school," Maudlin explained. "But after playing there for one year, I realized that if I went to a JC I'd be playing against better talent and I could still go to a four-year school that way."

Even though Mauldin was a qualifier of high school, because of the NCAA's ‘4-2-4' rule, he needs to obtain his AA degree before he can go to a four-year school. Once he gets to a D-I school he will have three years to complete his remaining two years of eligibility.

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