Guy is a Difference Maker at Defensive End

For all the accolades that Lawrence Guy comes with, he's a humble person. When he joins the Sun Devils next season, he realizes that he will have to battle his veteran teammates for a favorable spot on the depth chart. Yet, the defensive end is also confident in his abilities. He loved seeing ASU do so well this season, and believes that his contributions can be significant for a team on the rise.

"They were only one game away from the national championship," said the 6-5 275 Lawrence Guy. "I think I'm the one person that can get them there. I can make a big impact on the school. We'll see what happens when I get there."

The four-star prospect from Las Vegas received 15 scholarship offers during his recruiting. College football heavyweights such Nebraska, Michigan and Oregon were some of the programs vying for the defensive end's services. Ultimately, just four schools caught his attention and those are the ones he officially visited: Oklahoma (Oct. 13), Arizona State (Oct. 27), Tennessee (Nov. 3), and Arizona (Dec. 7).

When asked why he settled on the Sun Devils, Guy replied: "Arizona State was the best program for me. On my visit I really liked the school, how the players and coaches were so friendly…I really like how on defense they attack the quarterback and put pressure on him. (Defensive line coach) Grady Stretz told me that I could fit into that defense and that they need a player like me."

"This program was the best fit for me. They had a great season and they'll be even better next year and I wanted to be a part of that."

Guy is ranked as #6 defensive tackle, but will play defensive end in college. His senior year at Western High School produced jaw dropping stats of 120 tackles, 60 of them solo stops, and 20 sacks. As a junior he collected 90 tackles and 11 sacks. He's a two-time all-state honoree, and a big reason for the Warriors' 8-3 2007 campaign.

"I come off the edge real strong and I do a good job reading defenses," said Guy of his skills. "I just got weighed at 275 pounds but that's all muscle, no fat. I had to gain weight so I can play both ways. I want to get down to 270, 265 to play defensive end in college." Guy added that he tries to model his game after NFL All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers.

As he stated all along, Guy made his announcement close to December 20th, so he could consult his brother Dell Guy, a track athlete at TCU, when he came back home for winter break. True to his word, the defensive end made his decision known to the ASU coaches on Wednesday afternoon.

"I knew for two weeks where I wanted to go to school," he explained. "I enjoyed the recruiting process a lot, but I knew that nothing was gonna change my mind so there was no point in waiting…"

While it wasn't a terribly long wait for the maroon and gold faithful, it was worth every moment…

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