Will Nuckols Follow Teammate to Tempe?

The signing of incoming ASU freshman Jamaar Jarrett was quite dramatic, as the defensive end changed his commitment from Oregon to ASU just weeks before signing day. The recruitment of fellow Mission Hills HS lineman Edward Nuckols will probably be mundane in comparison, but just like with Jarrett the Sun Devils have targeted the defensive tackle from San Marcos (Calif.) early in the process.

"Arizona State offered me about a month and a half ago," said the 6-3 300 Edward Nuckols. "Coach Stretz is recruiting me and right off the bat he gave me a good impression. He's a people person and Jamaar had good things to say about him."

"I watched them on T.V. a couple of times and they seem like a good team and I think they'll have a good season too. I haven't had a chance to visit them, but I'm planning to."

Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota are the only other programs who have extended offers to date and Nuckols hasn't visited them as well. The defensive tackle, who participated in Scout.com's combine and the Nike camp, indicated that he had no plans to participate in any team camps this summer. Thus, his visits to the aforementioned schools are likely to come only in the fall.

"I'm gonna make a decision later in the year," he said. "I just wanna to weigh all my options and take my visits during the season. I'm looking for a school where I can major in education and live in a good environment."

As a junior Nuckols also played fullback scoring seven touchdowns while carrying the ball 16 times and 73 yards for the 10-2 Grizzlies, who reached the CIF-San Diego Section finals. All of his suitors are recruiting him as a defensive tackle and on that side of the ball he registered 34 tackles, four of them for loss. He was voted second team all-league and second team All-State underclass.

The Grizzlies return several starters on offense in 2008, but on defense Nuckols is just one of just three incumbent first teamers. "We're gonna be pretty young on defense," he noted, "so I know that I have to step up more as a leader this year…I usually like to lead more by example, but when something needs to be said to a teammate I will say it. I'm gonna help the team prepare for the season and this time when we get to the finals we're gonna win it."

The defensive tackle was clocked at the 40-yard dash running a 5.16. He benches 310 lbs., squats 470 and power cleans 285.

When it comes to his list of favorites a tandem of universities have separated themselves from the pack.

"Arizona State and Colorado are my top two schools," Nuckols stated. "Arizona is in third and after that Minnesota just because I haven't had much conversation with them after the offer. USC, UCLA and recently Oklahoma State have been in contact with me. I hope Virginia Tech recruits me because I've been a fan of theirs since I was little."

Nuckols reported a 1450 SAT score, and a 2.1 GPA. "I need to do better in the classroom."

The defensive tackle admitted that previously he did want to stay close to home, but later saw "how going out of state can help you…so to me it doesn't matter how far from home I play."

Needless to say that Nuckols doesn't have to look far to a player that made the decision to spread his wings. "Jamarr and I are good friends and we hang out a lot. He talks a lot about Arizona State. He's trying to recruit me to come with him there all the time (smile). It would be cool to play again with him."

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