Junior Day nets offer for Lakewood cornerback

Granted, Rashad Wadood has been recruited by the Sun Devils for several months now and he received good vibes from the ASU staff before and during the school's Junior Day event this past weekend. Nonetheless, the cornerback admitted that coming home from Tempe and receiving word of a scholarship offer this soon was somewhat unexpected.

"Arizona State called my head coach and told him that I got a scholarship offer," said the 5-10 182 Rashad Wadood. "I was very excited when my coach called me with the news. They have been looking at me for a while because they recruited Kevin Anderson who signed with them and our linebacker Rahim Cassell (who already received an ASU offer).

"Coach Burns is recruiting me and made me feel very welcomed when I came out there on Saturday. He's coming to my school on Wednesday and I'll have a chance to talk to him again. I had a good time on my visit and I really enjoyed touring the campus and seeing the facilities. I thought it was very convenient how the facilities were connected to the stadium. I got to see the surrounding areas too. I pretty much got to see everything there and I liked what I saw."

Washington State was the first school to offer the corner and Wadood feels that more scholarship offers could be coming in the next few weeks.

"I've been talking a lot to Arizona and Idaho and I think they will offer me," Wadood noted. "Notre Dame sent me over 20 letters already and I've been hearing also from Oregon State, San Diego State, and Colorado.

"Arizona State is the only school I visited. I may go to USC's Rising Stars camp and maybe to Arizona State's camp. I'm also going to be on a Keyshawn Johnson team and we're going to a 7 on 7 tournament in Alabama. But other than that I don't have plans for any other camps or visits."

Wadood indicated that he has had ASU in his sights for a while and the fact that Anderson will be playing there could be a heavy factor in his decision.

"I like Arizona State a lot," Wadood acknowledged, "They're my top school and playing with a high school teammate would be real cool. The coaches told me that they are a young team and they will be play freshmen if they think they can contribute. I'm going to take that in consideration because I want to play early."

As a junior Wadood rushed for 602 yards on 73 carries scoring five touchdowns, while also collecting 27 tackles, six pass deflections and three interceptions on defense for the 11-2 Lancers.

"It doesn't matter to me what position I play, I just want to get on the field," Wadood commented. "I'm a very physical player but I also can use my feet to make plays. I need to work on my instincts at corner because sometimes I over think. I've been going to a lot of camps and workouts in the off-season to work on my technique."

The corner reported running a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash.

Wadood remarked that he doesn't know when he will arrive at a decision and that he plans to take his time, see what additional offers come his way and talk to his coaches and family before making a decision.

"I'm looking for a school that can really prepare you for what comes after college," Wadood said. "Playing football is no guarantee to play in the NFL, so I want to make sure that I can get a good degree and secure a future to myself after I'm done playing football."

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