Visit Leads to Early Commitment

Many four-star prospects in the 2011 class are looking forward to the upcoming AAU circuit, and the possibility of seeing their stock soar and offers grow. Since center Kyle Caudill already knows that Arizona State is the best situation for him, he didn't feel any need to delay the inevitable and pledged to the maroon and gold this evening.

The 6-11 260 Kyle Caudill, who was recruited by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Scott Pera, visited Arizona State unofficially this past weekend, a trip that ultimately ended his recruitment.

"I feel very excited to be part of Arizona State," he told Devils Digest not long after his decision. "I really feel that they are going in the right direction right now. They are going to be a national powerhouse pretty soon here and I wanted to be part of that.

"I wasn't looking to decide early, but it just felt right to do it now. After coming back home I thought about committing and called coach Sendek at approximately 4:45. He was very excited when he heard I'm committing."

This past season the Sun Devils had one of their best seasons in school history, notching 25 wins, reaching the Pac-10 tournament championship game and being part of the NCAA tournament. Needless to say that all that success didn't go unnoticed by the center, who also saw how the team utilizes its center on offense – another factor which made ASU attractive to him.

"Seeing how they used Jeff Pendergraph last year – I really could see myself fitting there," Caudill explained. "I really like their style of play. Coach Sendek has really turned around the program and they were one of the best in the Pac-10. You know that they'll have even better seasons than that pretty soon here."

Caudill joins Josiah Turner as the other 2011 class ASU commit, and it's certainly no coincidence since both are teammates on one of the best AAU clubs in the nation – the Los Angeles based Pump ‘n Run.

"I love playing with Josiah," Caudill stated. "He definitely helped me make my decision. I definitely want to play with a player like him."

Undoubtedly there will be many college coaches this summer following Caudill's and Turner's team, and the recruiting attention is bound to intensify. While the center is aware of that scenario, he's unwavering with his recent resolution.

"I know it's not gonna get any better than ASU," he commented. "There's no better situation for me and I just felt it was the right time to commit. So, I'm just gonna use the summer to play against the best players on the AAU circuit, get better and get ready for college in two years."

In his sophomore year, Caudill averaged 18 ppg and 13 pgg for Brea (Calif.) Olinda High School, but his team overall was 15-14 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. "It was a disappointing year," Caudill acknowledged. "I know we'll be better next year."

In recent tournaments, recruiting analysts have noted Caudill's dramatic improvement in coordination, quickness and ability to run the floor. The center has shown the ability to score with either hand, and is comfortable playing in the paint. Already one of the best in the western region, Caudill is projected to nationally be one of the top centers in the 2011 class in his senior year.

"I'm a low post scorer," Caudill said of his skills. "I have a good touch on my shot and I can go either direction (left or right hand). I've been working on my face-up game and that has been coming along very well.

"My main focus right now is to improve my athleticism and quickness. I'm trying to get down to 245 lbs. It's not so much about losing weight, as it is about reducing body fat and gaining muscle."

Arizona State has been recruiting Caudill since his freshman year, and along with Pac-10 foes USC and Oregon was the only school to offer him to date. UCLA, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Duke were some of the other programs recruiting ASU's newest commit this past season. "Arizona State showed me early how much they wanted me," Caudill said. "Even when I wasn't really that good, they saw some potential in me and recruited me."

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