Oregon State was the first school to offer the 5-10 150-pound Jaleel Wadood, and other Pac-12 schools such as Washington, USC, Utah and UCLA have been showing some interest. Nonetheless, the St. John Bosco's player was certainly waiting for his recruitment to pick up with Arizona State.
"It's fun to go the games here (in Tempe), and it's a great environment" Wadood commented, "and I always thought that this is a school I wanted to play for. I got a really good feel too for the school when they were recruiting Rashad and he told me a lot about them.
"The coaching staff now is different than the one that recruited Rashad, but he told me how much he likes the new coaches. He likes how they make him work, how they always are about character and discipline and how they are making him a better person. He likes the structure that they bring to the table."
Wadood spent his sophomore season at Lakewood (Calif.) High School and reported posting 105 tackles during that year. He was clocked running the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds, and during the various camp drills today he displayed impressive speed, quickness and playmaking abilities.
"I'm a big ball hawk," Wadood said of his skills. "I'm very physical and I love making tackles. I know I need to work on my size and knowledge of the game. I can always work on my technique too.
"I really like how the (ASU) defense plays man to man a lot. The defense is very physical and is always attacking. I really like the coaches and I know if I came here I would really be coached up."
The cornerback admitted that he with all the Pac-12 attention he has been receiving so far, he would love to play for a team in that league. Yet, he also doesn't want to limit his opportunities. He would like to go to a school with strong academics ("they come before football") and knows that ASU does offer that aspect.
"I want to go to place where I can see myself being comfortable for my four years of college," Wadood said. "I want to have coaches that can give me a lot of knowledge and really want me at their school. I'm looking to commit towards the end of my junior year. I just want to see what other options are out there.
"I know Rashad wants me to go to ASU but I know he won't push me. He said that whatever I decide he will be fine with it. He told me to not worry about my decision right now and just worry about my play on the field and getting better."