Marino Pledges to ASU

Garrett Marino was never shy about his affinity towards Arizona State, and once the Mission Viejo (Calif.) defensive end was offered by the Sun Devils he more than happy to commit to a program he long yearned to join.

"I committed today to Arizona State," said the 6-2 255-pound Garrett Marino on Monday. "I had an awesome visit there. The facilities were crazy but I mainly liked the coaches there. I spent a lot of time with (defensive line) Coach Randolph and he is a very passionate guy. He tells you exactly what you need to know and how to get things accomplished.

"He's a great coach and he coached a lot of good players. I know he can help me get better. The defensive line right now has a couple of players that will be in the NFL."

Marino was hosted by current ASU defensive lineman Sean O'Grady, who Marino knew from his high school days.

"Sean told me that they work very hard but that in the end it's all worth it," Marino stated. "It was cool hearing that from someone that you already know very well."

Marino was one of the defensive standouts for the 11-1 Diablos and was voted All-CIF in the Pac-5 division following his senior year. The defensive linemen said that his intensity is one of the main skills the ASU coaches have mentioned to him.

"I have a lot of speed and I run a 4.7," Marino described. "I have a lot of versatility and can play different positions on the line and be a hybrid player with good technique. I'm a strong player (gained 30 pounds in the off-season prior to his senior year) and I set my school's records in the weight room. I bench 440 lbs., I squat in the 500's and I power clean 315."

Marino's junior year performance paled in comparison to his senior campaign, and that is one aspect that has affected his lack of offers. Another factor were his academics as the defensive end had a handful of classes to re-take in order to qualify academically.

Sources close to his recruitment, as well as Fox Sports Next's Greg Biggins, indicated that the defensive lineman is unlikely to sign his Letter of Intent with ASU on February 6th while his academics affairs are still being worked on.

"Coach Graham believes that I can qualify," Marino said. "I know I'm going to work hard to get it done because this is where I want to play."

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