Coyle Wastes No time, Verbals to ASU

Tight End Chris Coyle had an impressive showing at Arizona State's team camp last month, and the Oaks Christian (Calif.) standout had enjoyed his time in Tempe during that trip as well as a previous one. He knew deep down that the Sun Devils were his favorite, and once the awaited offer came from the maroon and gold Coyle didn't hesitate to act and pledged last night.

"(ASU's Cornerbacks) Coach Burns emailed me at about 1:30 pm on Friday," said Coyle. "I was at school when that happened so I didn't get it before 11 pm last night. But once I got that email I replied back right away that I want to go to Arizona State and that's the school for me. I also called (tight ends) Coach Cozzetto today and he was real excited."

"Ever since I went to the spring game there (the first time Coyle visited Tempe), I knew it was my goal to go to Arizona State. It's an awesome school, awesome program, good academics…I just knew that it would be the best fit for me."

Up until this week Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, UNLV, Portland State, Army, Duke, and Air Force were the only schools who offered the 6-3 230 tight end. In a previous interview to Devils Digest, Coyle indicated that his top three leaders were Washington, UCLA and Arizona State, and that he was waiting for offers from the last two schools and possibly others before making a decision.

On the other hand, he also stated in that interview that "I know I can't wait too long. Schools are gonna offer more players and some of them may commit early. You don't wanna wait for a scholarship that may not come."

A couple of days ago UCLA actually pulled the trigger and extended a scholarship offer, but even though the Bruins were one of his clear favorites he didn't jump at the opportunity to commit to the school where his father was a star Water Polo player.

"I told Arizona State that I got that scholarship offer from UCLA, and the coaches all talked to each other and agreed that they wanted to give me a scholarship offer to their school. So, as soon as they offered I accepted…I wanted to make an early commitment, so I can get it out of the way because of my senior season and focus on academics instead of focusing on schools, keeping in touch with coaches and stuff like that."

The scouting report on Coyle is that his route running and receiving skills are certainly above average, and that his size and strength are areas he needs to improve on. The tight end has taken that feedback to heart and making sure he improves accordingly.

"Coach Cozzetto sees me as a vertical route running tight end that can create mismatches for linebackers and defensive backs downfield, " said Coyle. "I've been hitting the weight room really hard getting stronger and I can only pray for a growth spurt (laughs)."

Chris Coyle had 19 receptions for 264 yards and four touchdowns for the 11-3 Lions during his 2007 junior season. Defensively, he tallied 60 tackles and 10 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He was voted first team All-League and All-County selection and was his team's offensive player of the year. In a previous interview he noted that he expects to play both tight end and defensive end in his senior year to support his team in their quest to win a sixth consecutive CIF championship.

The recruiting experience for Coyle has definitely validated the notion that patience is a virtue.

"For a while I was under some pressure with all the offers I already got and wanting to make a decision before the season, not wanting to lose offers," said Coyle, "but Coach Cozzetto told me before that he was pretty sure Arizona State was going to offer me and just to wait a little while."

"I'm happy I waited (smile)."

Coyle becomes ASU's seventh known commitment of the 2009 recruiting class.

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