One More Visit for Gasu Before His Decision

Santa Ana Junior College star Spencer Gasu would like to wrap up his recruiting fairly quickly. After visiting Utah and Arizona State, there's one more school the 6-2 295 defensive tackle would like to check out. Gasu did trip to the Sun Devils this past weekend, and Devils Digest talked to him about his visit.

"My visit went well," said Spencer Gasu. "I really liked it. I talked with Coach Erickson and Coach Stretz on the trip. I spent a lot of time with Coach Erickson, and he was telling me how he can help me get to the next level. He told me how ASU is second in the Pac-10 graduating athletes."

"He wants to build a national champion, and he's been there before so he knows how to get there. They're co-Pac-10 champions, and they had a shot winning a national championship in his first year. He's a hall of fame coach."

Gasu was hosted by center Thomas Altieri. He mentioned how much he enjoyed meeting the Sun Devil players, and overall was impressed with Tempe: "The weather was great. There are a lot of things to do there and it's a great atmosphere for football. They also have spring training there and I'm a huge Angeles fan."

The defensive tackle was recruited out of Valencia High School by ASU's previous coaching regime. He spent two years at Santa Ana, after a greyshirt year at Mt. San Antonio College. He didn't hear much from the Sun Devils in his freshman year at Santa Ana, but for the last few months of his sophomore campaign he has been recruited in earnest by ASU's safeties coach Matt Lubick.

"I'm really quick off the ball," said Gasu who reported running a 4.8. "If I'm running down a running back, I'm pretty sure I'll get him. I spend a lot of time in the film room and that helps me be smarter about the game, have more recognition and awareness on the field, and prepare myself better."

Gasu commented that he played both ways this season, and it wasn't actually until the later part of the season where he played on defensive line, in addition to the offensive line. "All schools want me on defense," he said.

The Santa Ana standout has narrowed down his choices to three schools. Two he has already visited and one of them will mark his last trip. "I visited Utah on December 8th, and I'm gonna visit Cal on January 11th," he noted. "I'm no longer committed to Oregon. After I committed to Oregon, I wanted to make sure that I didn't miss out on anything. I wanted to get a taste of what it's like at other places, see if they meet my needs. That's why you take trips – you want to see what your options are."

The defensive tackle added that he doesn't expect to commit before his Cal trip, yet he added that "I'm ready to wrap this thing up. I'm gonna make a decision after that visit."

Nonetheless, he was very impressed by his ASU visit. "I could possibly see myself going there," he admitted. "It's a good program and I know I would be a good fit. The position I'm going there is open and I have an opportunity to go in there and make an impact right away."

Gasu is scheduled to graduate in the spring and will have three years to play two.

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