ASU on Their Mind

Here's an update on some blue chippers who have interest in the Sun Devils.

Stephone Robinson - Arguably the best WR in the state of Colorado at powerhouse Mullen HS in Denver, Robinson was a first-team All-State player as a junior with 73 catches for 1,239 yards and 10 touchdowns. So far this season he says he has "24 catches for around 600 yards" despite being injured off and on and also hemmed up as the focal point of most defenses. "We're 9-1 and probably going to win state." At 5'10, 180 pounds with sub 4.4 speed and quick feet, Robinson is also a star on special teams, capable of immediately stepping in and returning punts and kickoffs at the collegiate level.

He makes no bones about where he's at in the recruiting process. "I have a top 5: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona State and Colorado. All have offered expect Notre Dame and Oklahoma. I just have official visits set up with Oregon December 6th and Arizona State December 13th." Robinson originally was going to trip to San Diego State on the 13th but replaced the Aztecs with the Sun Devils and is now no longer considering San Diego State among his top 5. Living in Colorado Robinson is very realistic about his situation as a wide receiver. "I like the Big 12 actually, but the Pac-10 is good for wide receivers. I'm going to try and set up all 5 visits, but if it just feels right I might commit."

Brandon Powers- The #1 WR in total yardage in Southern California. Powers, a 6'2 200 pound dynamo from Franklin HS in Los Angeles, has caught 61 balls for over 1200 yards and 19 touchdowns through only 8 games for an average of just over 150 yards and 2.4 TD's per contest. Even more impressive is the fact that he was named to the All-City second team last year on defense as a linebacker. But it's on offense where he projects at the next level and has led his team's strong season. "We're in contention for the league title, for the third year in a row. We're 7-1 right now."

Despite the gaudy numbers, Powers has been generally under-recruited, perhaps in large part due to his relatively modest 4.5-4.6 time in the 40 yard dash. Still, the statistics don't lie and the letters starting pouring in towards the end of his sophomore year and by the end of his junior season phone calls were coming in on a regular basis. Powers has yet to set up official visits, though he says that Cal and Kansas are recruiting him the hardest and the other schools on his list include "Washington, ASU, Arizona and Utah." Though none have offered yet Powers says, "I plan to take at least three visits" and "I'm looking to narrow it down now." He prefers to play at a big school and thus far one of the most impressive coaches recruiting him has been "Coach Gould from Cal."

Brandon Sanders- The son of a former defensive backs coach at Arizona State, the 5'10, 170 pound cornerback from Skyline HS in Oakland is not surprisingly listing ASU as one of his co-favorites along with Cal. He has scholarship offers from Cal and Washington but says of his list, "It is not very narrowed right now. I have a visit with Washington in December and I'll probably either this week or next week start setting up other visits." Sanders also said that he'll keep on official visit spot open just in case the Devils do decide to step-up their recruitment of him.

The fact that Sanders is a speed burner with a 4.38 timed 40 yard dash, has a defensive back coach for a father and is fully qualified with a 2.87 core GPA and 960 SAT score make him a very desirable recruit. He is a standout player on offense as well, leading his team to a 7-0-1 record in the regular season and says that going both ways have definite benefits. "It's really easy for me when I line up at corner, I can look at the wide receivers, the splits, and formations and kind of tell what they can do and can't do. It's the same way when I'm on offense looking at the defense."

Clifton Smith - This summer, the Edison HS (Fresno, California) cornerback was designated as the #1 cornerback in the West by Greg Biggins of Pac West Football. He dominated the Nike camp two years in a row and has generated quite a bit of interest from just about every school in the region. He has a top 5 of Oregon State, Fresno State, Washington State, Arizona State and Oregon and has been offered by all, or so says his coach. "I haven't seen the offer from ASU but my coach said that it came in." Smith has a visit with Washington State set up for later this month and plans on taking visits to at least Oregon State as well as perhaps Oregon and Arizona State. "I might take a visit to ASU."

About his high school season, Smith says, "It's going pretty good right now even though we had to forfeit a couple games (due to an academically ineligible player). We would have been 8-2, but we still have a shot at the playoffs." His coach at Edison has seen and coached a lot of good corners including Ricky Manning, now at UCLA and Smith's current standout teammate Lorenzo Sims and says that Smith is "as good as anyone we've had."

Kevin Brown - Playing for the best team in Southern California two years running, Long Beach Poly, Brown has struggled with an ankle injury throughout the season and recently re-aggravated the injury though it hasn't stopped him from playing altogether. At 6'2 290 pounds Brown is being recruited primarily as a defensive tackle though he has the ability to play equally well on either side of the ball. "Hopefully I'll be able to play defensive tackle, but I'm getting some interest as a center or offensive guard."

His older brother plays at Syracuse and that's one of the schools on his list along with Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida State as well as every school in the Pac-10 except Arizona. Florida State is currently in the lead. He's recently set up an official visit with Ohio State and plans on taking all 5 visits before making a decision either on or after signing day.

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