Texas Linebacker Favors Sun Devils

ASU has targeted Justin Isadore early in the recruiting process, and the Beaumont (Tex.) linebacker has in turn been receptive to those recruiting efforts. The Sun Devils top his list of schools and he told Devils Digest what has been impressing him so much about the maroon and gold.

"Arizona State offered me back in April," said the 5-11 205 Justin Isadore from Ozen high school. "(Defensive Coordinator) Coach Bray visited me during spring practice and offered me then. They're the top school on my list. I haven't visited them yet, but I plan to take an official visit to them sometime later this year. I have to call coach and set it up."

Even though his exposure to ASU has been limited compared to other schools he visited, Isadore has a strong sense of appreciation towards Bray and his presentation of the Sun Devil program. "I just like Coach Bray a lot and out of all the coaches I probably talk to him the most," said Isadore, "and Coach Erickson – you can't get better than that. He won championships at Miami, and I did some research on him and you can tell he's a great coach."

"I also visited SunDevilGridiron.com, read the media guide and I just liked everything I saw there, the atmosphere at the school. I was surprised how many players at Arizona State went on to the NFL. Academics are really important to me and I've been real impressed with the academics there at Arizona State and the Scholar-Baller program."

Isadore said that he's being recruited as a WILL linebacker (which he also plays at Ozen), and that he wouldn't mind playing the MIKE position as well. "I have very good instincts and I can cover well," he noted. "I need to work on being more of a leader and putting on weight so I can play at the college level." The Ozen standout stated that he was clocked running a 4.66, benches 285 lbs. squats 580 lbs. and cleans 225 lbs.

In 2007 the linebacker registered 112 tackles and four fumble recoveries for the 4-6 Panthers. While last season was an improvement compared to 2006, Isadore and his teammates have their sights set much higher. "We have 15 players returning this year and we should be in good shape," said Isadore. "We should go undefeated this year…I'm hoping to be named All-District and All-State."

Isadore indicated that Kentucky is second to ASU in his list of favorites, and that Kansas and TCU are "just about even" as his third and fourth school of choice. All those programs, along with Auburn have offered him scholarships. "Tennessee is a school that has been recruiting me a little, but they haven't offered me," he said.

The linebacker didn't attend any team camps or combines in the off-season, and has unofficially visited just Auburn and TCU. While he doesn't plan to take any other unofficial trips, he does want to make a decision before his season opener on Aug. 29th.

"I'm gonna decide between my top four schools," said Isadore. "I'm looking for a school that has a good winning percentage, that's gonna be one of the best in its conference, and a school I can get some playing time."

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