Corona Centennial Teammates Pledge ASU

Sometimes recruiting package deals come in a form of three players. It was a forgone conclusion that Ryan Bass was going to commit to the Sun Devils. The heralded running back made it official today during his ASU official visit, and his fellow Husky linebackers Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee followed suit as well when before leaving Tempe. Devils Digest talked to the three about their decision.

The 5-10 186 Ryan Bass was one of the best in his position in the sate of California. The four-star prospect is ranked as the #28 running back in the nation by Aside from receiving all-league and all-conference honors, Bass was named to the MaxPreps' All-California 1st team, and nationally to the USA Today's All-American 2nd team.

During his senior year he had 2,608 yards rushing, averaging 7.5 yards a carry, and amassing 48 touchdowns. He was an integral part in the Huskies' 13-2 record, and helped the Huskies march all the way until the Division I state championship game where they were the runner-up to Concord De La Salle.

As a junior he rushed for 2,351 yards and 36 touchdowns, averaging eight yards a carry.

While listing Arizona State as his favorite team even before the season ever started, his recruiting took an unexpected twist when he committed to the Sun Devils' archrival, the University of Arizona, in November following the lead of his team's quarterback Matt Scott.

Ironically enough, in the weeks after his commitment to the Wildcats, Bass stated that his top school was still Arizona State. Consequently, the worst kept secret in the recruiting circles of this region was that Bass was going to unofficially de-commit from Arizona and commit to ASU during his official visit.

"It feels good to get this behind me," Bass told Devils Digest after his visit. "I liked meeting all the players and coaches, seeing the city…I had a good time. I really enjoyed meeting Coach Erickson and he made me feel comfortable right away. He was happy when I told him that ASU is where I wanted to be."

"This is the best situation for me and the best program for me to be in."

This weekend Bass met another fellow running back and official visitor, Phoenix Brophy's Ray Polk. "I talked to him a little bit…doesn't bother me at all if he does come to ASU in the same class I do."

Much has been written about Bass' chances of qualifying academically. The picture can start becoming a bit clearer when he receives his college entrance scores for the exams he'll be taking in the following weeks. Devils Digest has previously learned that the running back has been given a detailed academic plan that lays out both the test and GPA requirements he has to achieve in order to be accepted to ASU.

Bass is happy to be joined by Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee, and said that: "It's cool that I get to play with the same players I played with in high school. It's nice to be going to college and playing on the same team as your friends."

The 6-0 226 Magee (pictured) paced his team with 7.5 sacks, and was third in tackles with 86. The weak side linebacker also had two fumble recoveries. The linebacker is also an accomplished baseball player that is very likely to be drafted by the majors in June. However, popular opinion is that he won't get selected in a desirable enough position to forgo his college football career.

The Husky outfielder led his team in homeruns with six and batted .385, and scored 19 runs. He did state that he's coming to ASU on a football scholarship, but does plan to play for Coach Pat Murphy and the Sun Devil team as well.

"It feels great to be a Sun Devil, I just had to do it," said Magee about his decision. "It was an easy decision because I have my teammates coming here and it's a great program. They're gonna give m an opportunity to play both sports and that's what I wanted to hear. I liked the baseball facilities here they're just great."

"Everything was great about this visit and I like all the players and coaches I met."

Tennessee, Nebraska, Arizona and Washington State are among the schools that offered the three-star prospect, who's ranked as the nation's 22nd best weak side linebacker by

Rounding out the Centennial trio of commits to the Sun Devils this weekend is Shelly Lyons(pictured) . Unlike his teammates, Lyons didn't receive serious attention and a subsequent scholarship offer until recent weeks.

"It feels good committing to ASU and playing with my friends from high school," said the 6-2 225 Lyons. "I really enjoyed my visit and it's good to get the recruiting behind me. When ASU offered me I knew I was gonna commit on the trip. It's a great program and I see myself fitting in here."

Lyons was second on his team with 101 tackles and second also in sacks with five. He has three pass deflections, two interceptions and a fumble recovery from his strong linebacker spot. Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah were some of the schools that offered Lyons.

A name to look out for in the 2009 class from the Husky team is leading tackler Vontaze Burfict (pictured) . The middle linebacker is already poised to be one of the most heavily recruited Southern California players in his class, and one has to figure that with three of his teammates scheduled to don the maroon and gold next season that he would give the Sun Devils a long look.

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