Finkenberg in a holding pattern

Up until now, 6-5 255 left tackle Evan Finkenberg took just one official trip, to Washington State. The Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro HS standout enjoyed his trip to Pullman and even though the Cougars represent his only major offer, Finkenberg isn't ready to pull the trigger yet as other suitors, such as ASU, have been showing interest as of late.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me for a while," Finkenberg said. "I met today (Tuesday) with Coach Smith and Coach Lubick. They told me what they were looking for in an offensive tackle and they said how they liked my long arms and my footwork, and how they liked my film.

"They said that in the next two weeks they'll decide if they want to offer me and have me come on a trip."

The offensive tackle did actually come out to Tempe to check out the Sun Devil campus and facilities on an unofficial trip with his family, but didn't meet any coaches or players during that time. "I liked it a lot up there," he noted.

He added that his head coach Brian Barnes, is the older brother of ASU walk-on QB Jimmy Barnes, and part of his interest in the Sun Devils is due to that connection.

Finkenberg mentioned that Tennessee came to visit him the same day as the Sun Devils did, and along with Colorado and Cal are other schools that could offer him and invite him for an official visit. Out of all of the aforementioned schools, Finkenberg felt that Colorado represented his best chance for an offer and a subsequent official visit.

The offensive tackle visited Washington State during their Apple Cup game versus Washington, and the fact that Cougars prevailed in that contest certainly contributed to Finkenberg's overall positive impression during that trip.

"I really liked the family atmosphere and the facilities were really nice," he said.

Tesoro finished the year at 13-1 and their lone defeat was in the CIF-SS Pac-5 championship game. Finkenberg earned first team all-league and first team all-Orange County honors following his senior campaign.

"I'm very athletic and coaches have told me that I have a big frame to add on some weight and muscle," Finkenberg said. "I do a good job with my long arms protecting the backside of the quarterback.

"I've only been playing on the offensive line for a year now (previously played tight end) so I could get better with my footwork."

Finkenberg added that he benched approximately 300 lbs. and squats 400.

Distance won't play a factor in Finkenberg's decision and he stressed how open he was in general about the whole recruiting process.

"Right now I just want to see what other offers and visits I'm gonna get," he said, "and then I'll just make my decision from there."


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