Recruiting Roundup

Here's the latest on some of the high school prospects that have caught the eye of ASU.

Tyler Fanucchi- We spoke with Tyler's father who told us that Tyler's older brother played for Dirk Koetter at Boise State. Tyler has 30 catches for 380 yards to this point in the season for Claremont (CA). He's one of the fastest wideouts in the West, having run 10.7 in the 100 meters as a junior. He's talented enough to run track in college and that's something that "he might consider" according to his father, but "his first love is football."

Tyler's list includes Oregon, Colorado State, Fresno State, Purdue, Hawaii, Boise State and Arizona State with only Purdue offering thus far, though Fanucchi would rather stay closer to home than Indiana. His father says they've been follow the ASU team's success this season quite a bit and suggests that the Sun Devils are his son's top choice, period. "I know he's very interested in Arizona State, and probably would go there (if offered). If that doesn't come through than his second choices are probably going to be either Oregon or Colorado State."

Corey Mazza- Corey's a former Thousand Oaks high school teammate of Ben Olsen, now a freshmen at BYU and the former #1 prep QB in the nation. He's also a current teammate of Arizona State commit Jessie Ainsworth, widely considered one of the top high school kickers in the nation. The team's new starting QB went down with a broken collarbone prior to the start of the season and then the #2 QB was hurt early in the season forcing the team to start a converted wide receiver at the position. Last week, the original starting QB tried to come back but re-broke the same bone. Despite the injuries at the QB position the 4-2 Lancers have succeeded largely due to the dominance of the 6'4, 200 pound Mazza who is averaging nearly 20 yards per catch with 33 receptions for 650 yards. Previously considered to be predominately a possession receiver, Mazza has shown the ability this year to catch the ball in the flat or on a crossing route and break big gains. He's has several touchdown receptions of greater than 40 yards with most of the yardage coming after the catch.

Mazza and Ainsworth recently took their first game at Sun Devil stadium on an unofficial visit and were extremely impressed. "The last time we were there, we went June 3rd for day camp, there was no one in school you know, so we didn't get the full affect of the city, and the environment of going to a game there, but it was a pretty incredible, it was a great experience."

Corey said that he's receiving most of his attention from school in the MWC, WAC and Ivy League, but he's holding out for offers from his favorite Arizona State or perhaps other school in the Pac-10. "I'm holding out for the Pac-10. I've only set one official visit and I'm going to Harvard the first week of December. At first I wanted to make my decision early but now I think I'm going to sit back and let the whole game unfold and see who goes where."

Rafael Rice- Playing for one of the top 3-4 high school teams in the state of California, Mater Dei, Rice is a tremendously talented 5'11 200 pound feature back. He's coming off a game against the city section's former top ranked team, Los Angeles Loyola, in which he ran for 151 yards on 22 carries and led the Monarch's to a rare upset victory. The win was even bigger for Rice than his teammates considering the fact that he transferred to Mater Dei from Loyola.

Rice has a hearty list of 8 schools he's currently considering including Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, Ohio State, Arizona State, Arizona and UCLA though none have offered scholarships as of yet. "I've been thinking about taking at least 3 official visits before making a decision, but if it comes down to making a decision on signing day, I'm willing to go there too." His leading candidates for official visits out of his list of schools include Nebraska, Oregon, Ohio State, Arizona State and Notre Dame, though he makes no bones about which school is most prominent in his mind. "I went to camp at Nebraska over the summer. I loved it. I got to talk to Coach Solich and there's great people out there and a great atmosphere. Nebraska is at the top of my list so far"

Rice knows that besides looking for a good football school, he's like to find an institution that's right for him academically as well. "I'd like to major in the business field, maybe business administration or business management, and if I can I'd minor in history."

Ben Schenk- Playing for undefeated Tumwater (WA), Schenk has been a huge part of a balanced prolific offense that is currently driving the team to #4 ranking in the state. He's been recruited hardest by Oregon and Boise State but he's preparing to send out more game tape including his recent 143 yards performance against Yelm HS in which he also racked up 73 receiving yards.

Despite playing in an offense that runs the Wing-T, offense, Schenk says he's prefer to play his college ball in a more wide-open offense that allows for less defenders on the line of scrimmage such as the system in place at Arizona State. "I've always liked them (ASU). I've just always been a fan." In fact, Schenk is so interested in ASU that when asked what schools he'd like to receive more interest from he only listed the Sun Devils.

Noah Smith- Possibly the fastest high school football player in the state of California, Smith has 4.3 speed in the 40 yard dash and has been clocked in 10.54 at the 100 meter distance and 21.03 at the 200 meter distance. At 6' 175 pounds, Smith also has very nice size for a WR with that type of speed. Long considered one of the best WR's in the state, he's been offered by a plethora of schools across the country. He's being hotly pursued by Cal, Washington, USC, UCLA and Michigan State and has been offered scholarships by all of them. He's already set-up official visits to Washington and Cal in December and also will set up a visit to Michigan State in the near future. When asked if there were any other schools that were trying to get him to take official visits that he'd consider Smith said, "Yeah, Arizona State."

Smith doesn't have a timetable for a decision and says that if he were on a visit that "just felt right" he be willing to commit on the spot and forgo the rest of his official visits.

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