"Gut Feeling" Lands Michael Affleck At ASU

Timing is everything in the recruiting wars. Case in point – Michael Affleck. The Quarterback from Timpview HS in Provo, Utah rewarded the Sun Devils' early efforts in recruiting him by verbaling Thursday morning. In one of his first interviews after his verbal commitment to ASU, the signal caller talks about the other factors in his decision, and if can be swayed by late recruiting efforts from other schools.

"Real Excited." That's how Affleck described to us his feelings on Thursday night. "I talked about this to family all week, and I decided last night to tell my coach today during school. I called the ASU coaches, and they were real excited. They were relived that I didn't chose USC…it's a decision I wanted to make for a while, and it was delayed by USC calling me." The reason why the Timpview star put ASU on hold was his friendship with the Trojans' offensive coordinator Norm Chow. "My family knows his from the time he was coaching here at BYU. We both were in the same ward (i.e. the Mormon church). We played Basketball and Football together, and him and my dad coached together. " With this strong relationship in mind, was Affleck disappointed in USC virtually ignoring him until the last couple of weeks? "I was expecting them to contact me much sooner, that's why I'm not going there. If they really wanted me, they would recruit me like ASU did. That's what the ASU coaches told me too. I wanted to play for a team that really wanted me."

As reported here earlier, the quarterback was blown away by his visit to Tempe. "I was ready to commit right after the visit. I just had a gut feeling about the school and the coaches. I felt real comfortable with the coaches because they were young, and player friendly. The facilities were great. I was just real impressed with everything - it was just perfect. I just knew this is the place I wanted to be." Naturally, the fact that Dirk Koetter's offense is very quarterback friendly didn't escape the mind of the newest ASU commit. "I love that ASU throws a lot downfield. It's like my high school offense in its concepts and progression." The makeup of the Sun Devils also made a big impression on him. "I met a lot of the players, and I liked it that they all were so young. You can tell that they're an up and coming team, and I want to be part of that."

When we asked him about his strengths and weaknesses, the 6-3 239 quarterback replied: "I'm pretty quick (runs a 4.7), I have a strong and accurate arm, and I make good reads. Like any other young quarterback I need to work on my mental game." His skills are more than adequate in the high school ranks, as evident in his 1,400 plus yards passing. He has completed 64% of his passes, and has 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. "Because I verbaled now, that will help me concentrate on my high school season." he said.

Now comes the tough part following the verbal commitment, and that is calling all your other suitors and telling them of your decision. Back in April, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona were seriously recruiting Affleck, and he plans to call all of them and inform them officially of his decision. Naturally, he will be making the same call to USC. And what if those schools and/or others will still actively pursue him? "I'm gonna tell them that I'm solid (in his decision) as can be. I just can't do this (de-commit) to this group of guys at ASU." Who said that loyalty can't be rewarded?

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