Middlebrooks talks ASU pledge

Unlike on the hardwood on Saturday night, Arizona State was able to register a victory over Arizona, as they received a verbal commitment from Fountain Valley (Calif.) athlete Kyle Middlebrooks.

In recent weeks, the 5-9 175 Kyle Middlebrooks narrowed down his choices to Arizona State and Arizona. The Wildcats, still in search for an offensive coordinator to replace the departing Sonny Dykes, canceled two scheduled in-home visits this week with Middlebrooks which ultimately made his decision an easy one.

"I was really already leaning towards Arizona State," Middlebrooks admitted. "Arizona not having an offensive coordinator was a factor. Once they were not able to visit me this me this week it made the process that much clearer for me.

"I really liked my visit to Arizona State and I connected with the players right away. I liked the coaches and everything else about the school and I could see myself playing there. So, when I sat down with my family and talked about it, we decided that Arizona State is where I want to commit to. It feels really good to get this decision over with."

As a senior, the Fountain Valley standout collected 1347 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns for the 8-3 Barons, and he averaged over 8.5 yards a carry. He also caught 22 passes for 316 yards and four scores. He's been clocked running a 10.48 in the 100 meters and a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.

"I think I fit in very well with the Arizona State offense," Middlebrooks commented. "I can run the ball; catch it in the slot…just do different things to help this offense."

Middlebrooks, who is Arizona State's 23rd commitment of the 2010 class also received scholarship offers from Washington and Utah, whom he both visited, as well as Washington State, UNLV, and San Diego State.

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