The Moorpark standout, who is eligible to enroll in the spring, tripped to Tempe right before Thanksgiving, and was blown away from the start. "The coaches were real nice, and I had a great relationship with them right away. I bonded with the players, and everybody I met in the Athletic department was real nice. I just felt this was the place for me."
While the defensive tackle enjoyed touring the stadium, the impressive ASU weight room and the facilities, his favorite part of his visit was seeing his future teammates go at it. "I went to practice, and I loved watching it. It really had a good tempo, and I learned a lot from it." Reininger considers his current position coach as a second father, and after meeting ASU's defensive line coach Ted Monachino he talked about him in the same terms: "I can also see him as being a second father. He's a straight shooter, and tells you as it is. He didn't promise me anything, just a chance to compete for a position. I liked that a lot."
Reininger didn't necessarily want to rush into committing early, but is happy to get that out of the way. "It feels nice to know where you're going to school, because now I want to focus on winning a bowl game." He will play Pasadena in the Shrine Potato Bowl this weekend, and will undoubtley spend a lot of time harassing John Rattay, who played high school Football not too far from ASU's campus. The defensive tackle told us that his parents were a big part of his decision. "I kinda of committed when I was on the trip, but I really wanted my parents to like it to. So I really committed today after I talked to my parents."
Reininger, who stands 6'3 ½ and weighs 290, has just been named as a unanimous selection to the Western State Conference Mountain division's first team. Nevertheless, he's somewhat reluctant talking about 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." On the year he has collected 64 sacks, six tackles, 23 quarterback hurries, and two pass breakups.
With depleted quality depth on the defensive front, Gabe Reininger is an excellent pick up for Arizona State.
Moorpark DT Commits to ASU
Sun Devil Source Top Stories
Position review: Cornerback/Field SafetyArizona State's cornerbacks and field safeties suffered through a rough 2016 season in which the Sun Devils surrendered the most regular season passing yards in program history.
Sun Devil SourceYesterday at 7:26 AM
Four-star safety Todd Harris visiting ASUArizona State has a big official weekend visit on tap and safety Todd Harris is as high profile an out of state visitor as the Sun Devils will host.
Sun Devil SourceThursday at 4:19 PM
Gonzalez takes home Groza AwardArizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez joined Thomas Weber as the second kicker in Sun Devils' history to win the Lou Groza Award.
Sun Devil SourceThursday at 12:48 PM
Graham's paths to fixing ASU's defenseAfter a second consecutive sub .500 season, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has to find a quick solution for the Sun Devils' growing defensive issues.
Sun Devil SourceThursday at 8:47 AM