ASU "Stands Out" to Devin Stearns' After Visit

Devin Stearns, the 6'1 190 pound standout wide receiver from Junipero Serra high school in Gardena California, visited Arizona State over the weekend and had nothing but positives to say about his trip to Tempe.

It's been widely reported that Stearns' three leaders were Cal, Oregon and Washington and that Arizona State has always been somewhat of an afterthought, but the standout wide receiver wanted to dispel that notion saying, "I was always considering ASU. That's why I took the trip." Stearns was able to have as his host, former high school teammate Loren Wade, and that was something that's a factor that won't be overlooked by him. "It'd be nice to be able to play with someone like that that I know from high school." He was also able to meet some of the others guys he'd heard so much about. "I hung out with Quinton Daniels. It was a good opportunity for me to meet other players."

Regarding the facilities and the coaching staff at ASU, Stearns said, "Everything was in one building and that's so convenient. I thought it was real nice. The coaches were real cool. They were just open with me." Stearns is cognizant of the fact that ASU has one of the Pac-10's best quarterbacks returning in Andrew Walter and also that former California high school player and current Sun Devil wide receiver Derek Hagan was able to come in and play right away as a true freshmen. "Obviously I want to come in and play, I mean, not necessarily start, but come in and compete for playing."

So, does he have a leader now that's he's visited all the Pac-10 schools that he'll be considering? "It's hard to say. I really like Oregon and Washington and Cal. Those were the first three I went on, and then ASU is another one I like, but ASU is one of the ones like Washington that stands out a lot. All of the schools I'm going to consider though. It's going to be hard (to decide)."

Stearns says that he's "looking for a home away from home so I can be confident and play to the best of my abilities. I'm looking for a family-like team cause that would make me more comfortable, and with a former teammate (Wade) there that's even better." He still has a visit set for Ohio State next weekend and a decision should be coming in the week following that trip.

Hopefully Stearns will find himself comfortable enough to select the Sun Devils.

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