Local JC Safety Pledges to Sun Devils

Good things come to those who wait, will never be considered a cliché to Glendale (Ariz.) Community College standout Max Tabach. Despite leading the nation in picks as a high school senior at Scottsdale Saguaro, he had no offers. In just a matter of a week, ASU saw his junior college tape and in a meeting today offered him a scholarship which he promptly accepted to play for his favorite team.

"I was born and raised in the valley and I've always been a Sun Devil fan," said 6-2 205 Max Tabach. "Today was real exciting for me – it's crazy. I met with Coach Erickson and Coach Bray and when the offered me a scholarship after I met them, I accepted right away. My high school coach contacted the coaches at ASU and I personally gave them my tape last week." Arizona State was Tabach's only offer to date.

Tabach, a free safety, collected 70 tackles and four interceptions for the Gauchos, following his senior year at Saguaro where led the nation with 16 picks. "I know the game real well and I can go get the ball," he said of his skills. "Some things I need to work on is maybe being more intense the whole game."

ASU's newest commit remarked that his size, some 35 pounds lighter than today, was probably the biggest culprit in him not receiving offers during his senior year. He credits the incredible work that his trainer, Chris Chick, has done to make him more physical. "I'm 205 now and I'm planning to put on some 15 more," Tabach stated. "I was disappointed not getting offers then, but I was like ‘what can I do about it?' Just went to a JC and kept on playing."

"It was hard not getting noticed until now, but today was very cool."

It's not only that the Sun Devils were his first offer or that they were the only college team he rooted for that made his decision an easy one. The sharp turn around in the maroon and gold's football program and the caliber of coaches running it, was probably what impressed Tabach the most.

"Coach Erickson and Coach Bray are great coaches," Tabach commented. "ASU isn't a bad place to go, they got a great program, and Coach Erickson showed that he has the program on the rise and got some great recruits. ASU is definitely where I want to be and it's getting close to the beginning of the semester and I wanted to get out of Glendale and get in right away with a program."

As a high school qualifier who didn't redshirt, Tabach will have four years to complete his three seasons of eligibility. As mid-year transfer he will sign his Letter of Intent this week and enroll at ASU for the spring semester.

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