ASU Hitting The JC Circuit in Recruiting

The Sun Devils are hot and heavy after Junior College recruits, especially on defense. In the next few days they will have some rare mid-week visits from Junior College prospects. Devils Digest has talked to one of them tonight. Here's what he had to say on his upcoming trip to Tempe.

Gabe Reininger is a 6-3 295 Defensive Lineman from Moorpark Community College in CA. His team has had a fine season, and has earned a spot in the Shrine Potato Bowl on 12/7, where they'll play Pasadena CC. In the meantime, he's hitting the recruiting trail, and Arizona State will be his inaugural official visit.

"I'm gonna visit ASU on Monday (11/25). They have been in contact with me since October. I talked to (cornerbacks) Coach English, and (defensive linemen) Coach Monachino. I like them and ASU a lot. I just want to impress them and the players on my visit."

When we asked the defensive lineman about the other schools he's interested in, he told us that: "Mississippi State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Kansas, and Fresno State have been recruiting me. I had an unofficial visit to San Diego State, and I'm trying to line up official visits to Fresno State and Kansas…San Diego State and San Jose State are the only ones who offered me a scholarship." He came short of saying that ASU was his favorite, but it was apparent that the Sun Devils are a school that he has much interest in. "They are right there at the top."

Reininger was humble and somewhat reluctant about describing his skills. "My specialty is pass rush, and I try and do a good job filling in the gaps. But I have a lot to improve on. Two things I really need to improve is my speed (runs a 4.8) and lose some weight." While he will visit Tempe alone, he does intend to heavily involve his parents and coaches in his decision on where to commit. "I'm not in a hurry. I just want to visit all the schools that I'm interested in, and take it from there."

Immediate help on the defensive line is a necessity for the Sun Devils, and Reininger seems like it would fit that bill.

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