Matt Ramondo has very fond memories of his unofficial visit to ASU several weeks ago. The defensive tackle was hoping for an offer from the Sun Devils and when it arrived yesterday he was naturally elated. This why it took him just 24 hours to respond to that offer with a pledge to the maroon and gold on Friday afternoon. Devils Digest talked to Ramondo after his decision.
"When I was there I knew this is the school I wanted to go to," said the 6-4 280 Matt Ramondo
. "So after they offered me I didn't see any reason to wait any longer. The coaches showed me a lot of love. I saw that I was one of the players that they were really high on and that they really wanted me. Their facilities were top notch and I liked how the coaches really got along with each other. They really mesh together and are very well connected."
Ramondo was recruited by his future position coach Grady Stretz.
"He was always upfront with me," Ramondo said of Stretz. "He always told me the truth and what he thought. He's a very honest man. I really like the way he coaches the defensive line."
The fact that ASU has the top defense in the Pac-10 obviously appealed to the lineman as well.
"Even thought we run a five-man front in high school, going to a four front shouldn't be much of transition for me," Ramondo said. "I can really utilize my skills going one on one in that scheme. Coach likes my quickness and my hands and thinks I can fit in this defense. I'm excited because they obviously have a lot of talent there."
Ramondo benches 315 lbs, power cleans 260 and has a 480 mark in the squat.
The defensive tackle was offered by Arizona, Michigan State, New Mexico and New Mexico State. He was also being pursued by Oregon, UCLA and Baylor.
The defensive tackle is the third commit of ASU's 2011 class.