ASU offers SoCal linebacker

Keishawn Bierria may be somewhat new to ASU's recruiting board, but the Sun Devils are moving aggressively on the Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne High School standout. A member of ASU's staff recently visited Bierria who talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with the program.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me for a couple of months now and they offered me in the past week," Bierria said. "(Wide Receivers) Coach DelVaughn Alexander visited me a couple of days ago (last Friday). I like how their defense is very physical and they play against good competition in the Pac-12. They put their best players in position to make plays. They take risks and make plays.

"Coach Alexander talked to me about how seriously they take their academics and how they make sure that all their players are academically stable. He also stressed how the coaches make sure that the players play to their maximum potential."

The 6-1 210-pound Keishawn Bierria reported a 40-time of 4.6 seconds, 305 lbs. benching, 230 lbs. power clean and 400 lbs. squatting. In his senior year he recorded 86 tackles, four passes defended, two sacks and two recovered fumbles. He also returned five punts averaging over 20 yards a return, two of them returned for scores. As a junior he had 65 tackles and helped the Gauchos win the CIF City Section title.

"I'm more of a coverage linebacker," Bierria described. "But playing the run is one of my favorite things to do. Coach Alexander said that I could play the hybrid linebacker/safety position (Spur)."

Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa State and Oregon State are some of the schools that have offered the linebacker to date. Narbonne is currently 14-0 repeating as CIF City Section champions blanking Crenshaw 25-0 last week. This weekend they will meet Corona Centennial in the CIF Football State championship. Due to the fact that his team is still involved in the playoffs, Bierria is putting his recruiting on hold.

"I'm just focused on my season now," Bierria said. "I'm going to start to take visits very soon here, but I'm not sure to which schools yet. I really like Arizona State and they are one of my favorite teams to watch but I don't know much else about them. I'm just not thinking about my visits right now.

"I want to sign with a school that has a high competition level, and see what they can offer me to help me get to the next level. Academics are important to me too."

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