Better Late Than Never for Garin

Matt Garin arrived and left Tempe later than expected, but the Minnesota defensive end told Devils Digest that his unofficial visit to the Sun Devils was well worth the trip.

"We stood standby for the fight to Arizona State and we didn't get on until Saturday," said Garin, "so we ended up getting there late on Saturday and we visited the campus on Sunday. I met all the coaches there and they were really down to earth and easy to get along with. I really felt comfortable with them. I met some of the players there and got along with all of them."

Garin mentioned how deeply impressed he was by Sun Devil stadium ("I was imagining how it would be all filled up"), and the other ASU facilities. "I liked the weight room and how there were no windows there," he noted. "I think that's better because you can really get things done and there are no distractions. I liked all the facilities I saw there and I pretty much knew that they would be that nice."

Because of his late arrival to Tempe, Garin stated that he didn't have a chance to watch game film with the ASU coaches. Nonetheless, his potential role if and when he signed with the maroon and gold was laid out for him. "The coaches told me that they're recruiting the #1 defensive end in the country who's from Arizona (Devon Kennard) and he plays strongside defensive end. That works well for me because I play the weakside."

The Eastview High School defensive end admitted that his perception of ASU is much more favorable now than it was prior to his visit. He doesn't have a short list of his top schools, but stated that "Arizona State is definitely up there and I plan to take an official visit there later this year. "

Garin said that he originally planned to fly to UCLA following his Tempe visit, but that now those plans have been canceled since the Bruins haven't decided yet if they would offer the defensive end or not. On the other end Purdue offered Garin a couple of days ago and together with West Virginia are likely to be his next unofficial visit destinations.

Garin appreciated the fact that he wasn't pressured by the Arizona State coaches to make a decision in the near future, since his plans are to wait until after his senior season. "It would be nice to get this over before my season started," he acknowledged. "But I don't see that happening because I want to take official visits first. When I get back home I'll start making dates for those visits."

The 6-2 227 Matt Garin tallied 90 total tackles, 22 of them for a loss and ten sacks as a junior. He was a big part of his school's 11-2 record last season. His efforts landed him on the All-State 2nd team.

Other than ASU and Purdue, Washington State, Oregon State, Stanford, Air Force, West Virginia, Boise State, and Minnesota all have extended offers.

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