Next Stop for Germany: Sun Devils?

The 6-4 270 Eugene Germany hopes that his third stint at Division I football will be a charm, and there's a good chance that Arizona State will be the Mt. San Antonio's standout college of choice. Devils Digest caught up with the JUCO defensive lineman who will visit Tempe this weekend.

Eugene Germany laughs when asked if he agreed that he had a long and windy road thus far in his college football career. Taking all that has happened to him with a smile on face, is probably the only way the defensive tackle can maintain a good attitude as he tries to make a long awaited splash in the highest level of college football.

"I signed with USC out of high school (in 2004)," he recalled. "I didn't qualify on time. The deadline was Friday and I qualified and cleared by the NCAA on Saturday. I just sat out that whole year and then I went to Michigan for two years. I really wanted to go there (reportedly chose USC because of family pressure), even though it was far away, and that was my number two school."

He spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Wolverines. He didn't play his first year, and played in eight games during his final season at Ann Arbor.

"I liked Michigan and they treated me good, but in the end things weren't working out for me," Germany commented. "So I came home and decided to go to a junior college. USC came and talked to me, but I was like ‘I've done that already' and wanted a clean break."

Ultimately taking the junior college route turned out to be a productive decision. At Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio Community College Germany paced the Mounties in sacks (9.5), as well as QB hurries (13). He was second in tackles for loss with 18 and sixth overall in total tackles with 36.

He was selected Region IV All-California First Team Defense. The Mounties were 10-3 on the year and were the California Community College football runner-up.

"I felt I played well, but I know I can play better," said Germany about his season. "I led my team to the state championship…I'm a very aggressive player, but I know I can get better in everything, especially learning more pass rushing moves." He added that he was unsure if ASU is brining him in as a defensive end or tackle.

The lineman attended Pomona High School and as a senior he collected 143 tackles, five sacks and nine fumble recoveries playing defensive end. He was a Super Prep and Prep Star All-American, and ranked the 20th best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. Germany also had 603 yards and five touchdowns on offense while playing tight end.

Schools such as Arizona and San Diego State have shown interest in Germany, but there are only two schools that are at the forefront of his recruiting. One is Marshall, who he will visit on 1/25 and the second being the maroon and gold.

"Things are real good with Arizona State, they're my top school," Germany remarked. "I like the coaching staff. They seem real interested in me and they're giving me a second chance…I think I can be a big part of this defense. Arizona State is an upcoming school, they had a great season and it's a team that's going forward."

The atmosphere and the environment of a program will be a key factor in Germany's decision. "You wanna go somewhere that you feel you can fit in…it doesn't matter to me if I go to a school close to home or not."

When asked what are the chances of him committing to the Sun Devils this weekend and canceling the Marshall visit, he said with a smile "We'll see what happens. You never know…"

Germany will have two years to play his final two seasons.

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