Fabulous Four

Here's an update on four talented blue chippers who have ASU in their sights.

Eryk Allen- One of the best receivers in the state of Colorado at Palmer HS in Colorado Springs, Allen has faced a variety of defenses geared primarily to stop him from touching the ball. As a junior he was second team all-state catching 60 balls for over 1000 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a result of the double and even triple teams he's faced this year his team has suffered somewhat having a 4-5 record. His numbers are down a bit but there's no doubt that Allen is a big play receiver with the requisite size (6'4 190 pounds) and speed (4.5 40 yard dash) to excel at the high major level.

Allen has scholarship offers from Colorado State and Montana and is drawing considerable attention from schools such as Wyoming, Colorado, ASU and Arizona. He hasn't set up official visits yet but plans to do so after sending out another round of game footage. Being in Tempe for the Fiesta Bowl was an experience that helped shape Allen's opinion of Arizona State as a place that he'd like to play in college, and as a result the Devils are a favorite should they decide to extend a scholarship offer. "It was a neat place, a neat experience. I like the offense they have now and it'd be a good place to play."

Desmond Reed- This explosive 5'9 180 pound athlete excels on both sides of the ball as well as returning the ball on special teams for Temple City HS in Temple City, California. As a junior he was named the San Gabriel Valley player of the year after racking up 58 receptions for over 1200 yards and 23 TD's on offense, with a stunning average of 21.8 yards per catch. Just last week he scored 6 touchdowns in a single game. On defense Reed is a lock-down cover corner who has 9 interceptions on the season. It's at this position where Reed has received most of his attention on the recruiting front and enjoys playing the most.

Despite being relatively early in the decision phase of the recruiting process, and without any official visits in the works, Reed listed USC and Washington as the schools recruiting him the hardest with USC has his likely leader at this early juncture. However, he believes that he'll eventually take all 5 official visits before making a final decision next year. He suggests that "all of the Pac-10 schools" interest him and are recruiting him, and many (including ASU) have offered. He said that he'll likely "wait until after the season is over before really getting into" the process of picking a school. Reed has a 3.0 GPA and is waiting on the results from the SAT test he took earlier in the month of October.

David Lewis- Playing for the undefeated (9-0) and #1 ranked team in the state, Bethel HS, in Spanaway, Washington Lewis is another standout two-way player who'll likely make his mark on the defensive side of the ball in college despite prolific offensive number at the high school level. "Right now I've got 3 punt returns for touchdowns, 6 interceptions and 11 touchdowns all together. So, things are looking real good for me right now and we're undefeated with two games until the playoffs and (ranked) 42nd in the nation."

On the recruiting front Lewis says he's looking "mainly at Wazzou" though other schools like Washington, Arizona and Arizona State really interest him. "Arizona State hasn't really sent anything (lately)" but Lewis would be "interested" if they did. Currently he's getting ready to send out game tape from a few of his last and best efforts on the season and after that he'll see what type of response he gets and then sit down and make a decision about what school to visit officially. "I think I'm going to wait and take all 5." He's also looking forward to this week's WSU versus ASU game on ABC. "Yep, I'm going to watch that. That is going to be a big one."

Mookie Foreman- Another excellent athlete who plays QB for the same undefeated high school as David Lewis, Bethel HS in Spanaway Washington, Foreman has 4.4 speed at 6' 185 pounds and possesses the ability to play at several positions on either side of the ball at the next level. He's currently looking at Air Force, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Montana and Portland State and like his teammate is early in the process in terms of setting up official visits. Both Foreman and Lewis anticipate the next round of highlight tapes they send out should go a long way toward generating new interest and solidifying the interest of schools that are already recruiting them, perhaps even bringing scholarship offers and requests for official visits.

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