Sun Devils are in driver's seat for O'Grady

Arizona State has always been a school that has greatly intrigued Sean O'Grady, and his unofficial visit today to Tempe only enforced those feelings. Devils Digest talked to Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro defensive end about his recruitment with the maroon and gold.

"It was an awesome visit," said the 6-3 230 Sean O'Grady. "I saw the scrimmage, sat on the defensive line position meetings, got to meet all the coaches; got a campus tour…it was all very cool. They treated me very well. I didn't think I was going to spend that much time with the coaches, so that was really nice.

"I was really impressed with the campus and got along with all the coaches great. Coach Stretz had all the defensive linemen come up and introduce themselves to me. I had a one on one for about 30 minutes with coach Erickson. I didn't know they had the indoor facility (Verde Dickey Dome) so I was surprised to see that."

O'Grady's former high school teammates, Evan Finkenberg and Sil Ajawara are current ASU players and the defensive end has obviously been able to get invaluable insight from that tandem especially form the later.

"Sil and I text each other all the time and I'm always in contact with him," O'Grady stated. "He wants me to commit now (laughs). I got to talk to them a lot during my visit and I know I can ask them anything I need to know about the program."

In 2009 the defensive end had 59 stops and 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in eight games. The Tesoro standout reported a bench mark of 315 lbs. and a squatting mark of 425. He was clocked at a combine on his campus running a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.

"I do good job with my speed coming off the edge and pressuring the quarterback," O'Grady said of his attributes in a previous interview. "I want to add weight but not a ton so I can maintain my speed and my variety of moves. I'm still growing and I'm going to hit the weights hard to get stronger. Even though I'm very quick I know I can get faster.

"I really like watching NFL defensive ends like Jared Allen and Dwight Freeney and I try to copy the moves they have, and see how they use their hands because I need to improve my hand movement. I'm just trying to perfect my position."

San Diego State was O'Grady's first offer. Washington State, Colorado State and North Dakota have offered as well. Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Colorado are showing some interest and the defensive end believes that some of those programs may offer in the future.

However, there is a good chance that O'Grady will end his recruitment prior to his senior season and all indications are that under that scenario the Sun Devils will be his school of choice.

"I think I'll have a verbal in the next week," O'Grady said. "Out of the schools I visited ASU is definitely my favorite. It was really a cool time out there and my family is totally sold on the program.

"I'm going to go back home, talk to my head coach and see if it's a good decision to commit this week."


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