Wadood not wasting time

Rashad Wadood saw no reason in delaying the inevitable. Therefore, the Lakewood (Calif.) cornerback decided to end his recruitment this evening and pledge to Arizona State, making him the Sun Devils' first 2011 commit.

"It's been going on for a while," Wadood said concerning his strong feelings towards Arizona State. "I've been talking about how much I like Arizona State since I have been there. I just didn't see any point in waiting because I knew that's where I wanted to go for sure because that's where I felt most comfortable."

"I talked it over with my coach this morning, talked to my uncles…everyone that was going to be an influence in my decision. They told me ‘if it feels right – do it.' They encouraged and supported me the whole way. I called Coach Burns, Coach (Craig) Bray and Coach Erickson and they all were very excited."

The 5-10 182 corner reported running a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash. 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.

"The coaches like how versatile I am," Wadood stated. "They told me from day one that I was one of their top recruits and that their opinion never changed about me. Every time they watched me on film they liked me because I am a baller and they knew they wanted me for sure."

The Sun Devils offered Wadood a scholarship on Junior Day (also the last day of spring practice). That offer actually was waiting for the corner as he returned home from Tempe.

"That helped me with my decision," Wadood confessed. "I could tell that when they saw me in person they liked me a lot. I really liked seeing the school and the campus. It really felt comfortable and at home and I really fell in love with the school."

Wadood also got to learn more about ASU from his former teammate and the Devils' incoming freshman wide receiver Kevin Anderson. The maroon and gold are actively pursuing another Lakewood player – linebacker Rahim Cassell.

"I need to start talking to Rahim and convince him to come here," Wadood stated. "Kevin was so happy when he heard the news he hugged me. He's a big reason why I committed."

Washington State was the first school to offer the corner and his latest offer actually came just yesterday from Colorado.

"I could have received all the offers in the world," Wadood said, "but I knew for sure I wanted to go Arizona State. I'm very excited that I'm their first 2011 commit."

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