Deleone Commits to Sun Devils

While he visited Arizona State last weekend, Deleone was still a lean to Oregon. After the end of his trip to Tempe, he knew that both schools were tied. Today, he chose the maroon and gold and told Devils Digest about it.

"I went ahead and called the ASU coaches at 12:30 (PT)," said the 6-2 245 Dean Deleone. "I'm on my way right now to Kinko's to fax the letter."

The defensive tackle from Orange Coast Junior College in Costa Mesa, Calif. indicated that he really enjoyed his visit with his new position coach, Grady Stretz, while he was in Tempe this past weekend.

"I spent a lot of time with him down there," noted Deleone. "I know he can make me a better player. We watched some film and I like the scheme that Arizona State runs better than Oregon's because I'll be playing the open side and that's where I'm more comfortable with.

"I was also more comfortable with everything else and the school is in a great surrounding. I loved everything about it."

Deleone admitted that even before he went to Oregon he really thought that it would be his eventual destination. "I'm not knocking down Oregon whatsoever," said Deleone. "Everything was great on that trip and I thought that I'm just visiting Arizona State just to check it out, and that I was still gonna end up at Oregon.

"Obviously that trip to Arizona State turned out to be much more than I thought it was gonna be."

Deleone runs a 4.55, and finished his sophomore season with 78 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss finished the season with 78 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I'm pretty strong, but I could get stronger," remarked Deleone in a previous interview. "I have a lot of outside speed, but I definitely need to work on my inside moves. I do a good job rushing the quarterback from the edge but I could work on my overall technique."

Coming out of high school Deleone served four years in the Coast Guard, but even as a 25-year old sophomore he was able to score on a 97-yard kickoff return. "Some of the young guys I played against are just freaks," quipped Deleone, "so being older doesn't always help you against younger players. But I've been working hard in the weight room so being stronger and more mature than the players I'm playing against should help me."

The defensive end reported that he has recorded 27 reps of 225 pounds in the weight room.

Deleone will enroll at ASU next month and have three years to play two.


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