"I like the coaching staff," Gustin said following his visit today. "I love the way they approach things saying that there are no shortcuts and no way around hard work to get the best out of you. I also really connected with the strength coach. I knew this coaching staff was good but I really liked how they go after things. I really like the environment there and the campus was great. I liked the facilities and the weather was good. I was really impressed with the dorms the players are staying at in the summer and how nice they were.
"Everything was impressive and there was a lot to like about it (the visit)."
The 6-5 235-pound Porter Gustin is ranked 8th nationally among 2015 outside linebacker prospects. Arizona State sees him as a candidate for their hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position of Devil Backer, a role where former player Carl Bradford excelled at in the last two seasons, before being drafted in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers a few weeks ago.
"I feel like it's a good fit for me," Gustin said about that position. "It's good to know that they were able to coach players to the next level, and he (Bradford) is a great player. The coaches said that I could be a good blitzer coming off the edge with my length and speed."
"Gustin is one of the most versatile defensive players out West with the ability to play outside linebacker or defensive end," Said Scout.com's National Recruiting analyst Greg Biggins in his evaluation of the four-star prospect. "He's a natural pass rusher, has great closing speed and is a huge hitter. He's a physical player with great strength and loves the weight room. He's strong against the run, does a nice job getting off blocks and plays with a great motor."
The physical specimen that he is, Gustin spent the next couple of hours after his ASU visit working out at a local gym. "I had to get a little lift in," he said. "I'm all about getting bigger and stronger. Meeting Coach Griswold today did motivate me but I was also planning on working out anyway."
The linebacker reported weight room marks of 350 lbs. benching, 300 lbs. on the power clean and 475 lbs. squatting.
The meteoric rise of Gustin's recruiting stock has naturally put a lot of options on the table for him, and his recruitment as such is far from being over. The linebacker did say that thus far Arizona State has been able to differentiate themselves from some of his other suitors.
"There are a lot of schools coming at me," Gustin admitted. "But I would definitely consider ASU towards the top. Pretty soon here I will decide which five schools I'm going to officially visit, but I would probably count on taking an official to ASU. I like the Pac-12 and they had a lot of success last year under Coach Graham. I like where things are headed there.
"Recruiting (with his suitors) has been busy but also a lot of fun. I enjoying meeting with the different coaching staffs and seeing how each coaching staff does things differently. It's nice visiting all these schools and seeing all these facilities. It's really eye opening and a good opportunity."
Gustin intends to take his time with his decision and possibly get in all five official visits before making a decision, which will come after several other unofficial visits in the summer to schools such as Ohio State, UCLA, Florida State and Notre Dame among others.
"A big factor in my decision is playing for a team that can win a national championship," Gustin remarked. "Academics are always a factor. I want to play for a team that puts a lot of guys into the NFL and have a coaching staff that can make me the best player I can be."