Prospects Review at Scout.com Phoenix Combine

Scout.com held its Phoenix combine last Saturday at Glendale Community College, attracting more than 130 players. Devils Digest was on hand, as were several of the Sun Devils' top local prospects in the 2010 and 2011 classes. We talked to some of those players in attendance about their recruitment with Arizona State.

One of the standouts on defense during the combine was Chandler Hamilton safety Devon Carrington. He was by far the best defensive back on the field and justified his status as one of the state's elite prospects in the 2010 class. Carrington holds offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Stanford, Notre Dame, Cal, Washington and Oregon just to name a few.

"Arizona State is pretty big on my list," Carrington said. "Their defense is really good. I was there at junior day and they were flying all around and were very competitive. I like that a lot. They played a freshman last year (Clint Floyd) so they showed me that they will play the best man out there and not who has been there the longest."

Carrington claimed that even though he has been pursued heavily by several schools, the recruiting process is one that he has been able to enjoy. "It's a good busy," he stated. "You can't complain."

As a junior Carrington tallied 77 tackles, three sacks, three fumbles recovered and two interceptions for the state champions Huskies. He is gifted athletically and can cover a lot of ground, and despite being undersized at 6-1 180 he is a sure tackler.

Ever since Lombardi Trophy winner Terrell Suggs at the beginning of this decade, many of Hamilton's stars decided to stay home and don the maroon and gold, and did so with success. This trend hasn't been lost on Carrington, who admitted that this will be one factor he will take in consideration during his recruitment.

"A lot of Hamilton kids go there (to ASU) and you know they're enjoying it," Carrington remarked. "If I went there it would be nice to see guys that I played with. Those guys are always telling me I should go there."

Carrington indicated that he plans to make a decision before the season starts, or at the very latest during the first month of the 2010 schedule. "I want to get it over with and focus on my senior year." he explained.

Carrington plans to attend USC's camp, and ASU's passing league camp both to be held in June. Notre Dame is one official visit the safety said he plans to take during the year.

While Carrington was one the first local 2010 prospects to be offered by ASU, Scottsdale Saguaro defensive end Jordan McDonald is the latest to date. Due to a recent illness, McDonald attended the combine but couldn't participate in it. He did however take a few minutes to talk to us about his ASU offer which came in just three days before the Scout.com combine.

"That offer was something I was hoping for," McDonald admitted. "I was very excited when I talked to the coaches on the phone and got the offer. The players there are really like one big family, the coaches are really cool. When I went up there in junior day I could tell what amazing facilities they have.

"They really need defensive ends and they offered me, so I know they like me a lot and that I have a chance to fight for a spot."

Much like Carrington, McDonald will find some of his former high school teammates if he decided to join the Sun Devils. "I don't know if that will make that much of a difference," McDonald claimed. "My decision is more about me and not about them. I need to make sure that I fit into a program and do what's best for me."

Oregon State, Colorado, UCLA, Cal, Fresno State, and UTEP are all recruiting him in earnest as of late. McDonald holds offers from Fresno State, Nevada and New Mexico.

As a junior. McDonald recorded 33 tackles and three sacks.

"I need to get my weight up and increase my power," said the 6-4 225 defensive end. "I want to get to 245 lbs. My speed and the way I use my hands are my strengths."

McDonald reported weight room personal records of 375 lbs squatting, 255 and lbs. on the bench.

The defensive end said that academics are very important to him when choosing a college, as well as the depth chart at his position. "I'm really close to my family," he commented. "So I would like to play in-state or in California, places that my family won't have to travel far to watch me."

McDonald is scheduled to participate in ASU's camp, and will spend the next couple of weeks mulling what other camps and/or combines he will attend. He added that he's uncertain whether he will make a decision before the season starts or only after some official visits.

Laveen Cesar Chavez's Adam Dixon is one of the most talented cornerbacks in the state. As a junior, he was named first-team all-region recording 67 tackles and five pass breakups. On special teams he registered four blocked punts and a blocked field goal.

Not only is Dixon fast on the football field, recording a personal best of 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, but together with his Champion teammates (including 2012 prospect Davonte Neal who was offered by ASU) broke the state record in the 4x100 race recording a time of 40.90 seconds.

"ASU, BYU, Nebraska, Colorado, and Boise State are all recruiting me," said the 5-10 180 Dixon. "I'm still waiting for my first offer. I'm going to the ASU, USC and San Diego State camps and I hope to get an offer before the season starts.

"I'm a good coverage player. Running track helps me a lot with flexibility and obviously with my speed. I do need to work on my overall tackling and get my weight up to 190."

Dixon highly values a good location and academics in a college and thus would love to play for the Sun Devils if offered. "The football program at ASU is very good," he said. "I think they will surprise a lot of people this year."

The 2011 class was represented well with two players who already received offers from the Sun Devils: OL Christian Westerman and DL Todd Peat. Both players are physically impressive and are packed with a lot of potential.

As a sophomore, the 6-5 280 Westerman started every game for 5A1 state champion Hamilton, which naturally speaks volumes of his skills. His combination of technique and strength had him as one of the standouts of the combine among a large group of older offensive linemen.

"I had a good season," said Westerman, "and I have offers from ASU, Arizona, Washington, Cal, Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford. I'm expecting to get an offer from USC too.

"It has been busy recruiting, but I was told that I should expect it with the way I played my sophomore year."

Westerman, who projects at left tackle, is planning to attend camps at USC, Texas and ASU.

The hometown school has so far made a good impression on the lineman. "I like the way they practice and play," he said. "I like the coaches there too. I could definitely see myself playing there. If I stay in-state that's probably going to be my choice."

Westerman listed his strength and aggressiveness as his strong traits, while his footwork is a skill he would like to improve on. He indicated that he didn't expect to make a decision before next year.

Like McDonald, Peat is another local defensive lineman who got offered by ASU on May 20th. In the combine he showed a great blend of size and speed and overall has a lot of upside.

"I'm very excited to get an offer from ASU," Peat said during the combine. "It was a surprise to me because I never had contact with them before. I did go to quite a few games last year because my grandparents have season tickets.

"I like how the defensive line is able to flow and penetrate because that's my style of game. I feel that I could really fit in there. I really like the campus too."

The 6-3 270 defensive tackle feels that he quicker than most guards and centers, and could play at end in a 3-4 scheme.

The Sun Devils were Peat's first offer, and he listed Arizona, UCLA, Florida State, North Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina State has other schools that have been pursuing him.

"Committing to a school is going to be a very big decision for me," he said. "So I don't expect to make a decision before my senior year."

Aside from attending ASU's camp next month, as well as USC's, Peat who has family friends in ACC country plans to camp also at some of the conference's schools such as Wake Forest, NC State, South Carolina and Clemson.

"Location isn't going to be a big factor to me when I make a decision," Peat commented. "It's more if I can play as a freshman or a redshirt freshman. I do like that ASU is close to home, but I'm open to anything."


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