Wadood De-Commits from ASU

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive back Jaleel Wadood gave a very early commitment to Arizona State last January. The athlete stayed strong with his commitment despite a flood of offers rolling in but on Tuesday, Wadood made a very tough call to the Sun Devil staff and decided to de-commit and re-open his recruitment...

Jaleel Wadood is one of the top defensive backs in the nation with the ability to play corner or safety. He plays safety for the Braves but was recruited by most of the schools as a corner. His desire is to play safety in college and the athlete said that was part of the reason for his decision to open things up.

"First off, this was a very tough thing for me to," Wadood said. "I really like Arizona State and that whole coaching staff a lot. I have great respect for all those guys but after talking this over with my family for about a month, we all felt this was the best thing for me to do moving forward.

"It's just kind of a gut feeling I have that I think I need to open this back up. I want to play safety in college, that's where I'm best at and the other schools on my list are all recruiting me for safety. ASU knows how I feel, I've told them and they said I can play safety but the only coach I talk with is Coach Lorig, the corner coach and all we talk about is me playing corner.

"Don't get me wrong, I like Coach Lorig but it just seems like they want me to play corner, no matter what they're saying. It's not just about a position though, like I said, it's a gut feel for me, I just feel like this is the best thing for me to do. I'm still considering ASU, they're one of four schools I'm going to choose from."

The other three schools on Wadood's short list are California, UCLA and USC.

"Academics are another huge reason for me opening this up," Wadood said. "I want to play in the NFL, that's everyone's goal but if I can't make it that far, I really want to have a big time degree to fall back on. Cal, UCLA and USC are all top ranked Universities nationally so that's why I'm adding them to the mix with ASU.

"I just visited Cal two weeks ago and loved it there. I have a great relationship with all the coaches and especially Andy Buh, the DC. I like what they're doing at Cal with the new staff and academically, you can't beat a degree from Cal.

"USC and UCLA are the local schools and I have a lot of relationships there. I camped at both in the last few weeks and both offered me. I talk to Tee Martin at USC a lot and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) at UCLA is a great guy as well. Like I said, I've been thinking about doing this for a month now and I just feel like now was the time to do it."

Wadood won't waste a whole lot of time making a decision as he plans to announce his choice next week at The Opening.

"I want to get this over and be done with recruiting for good before my senior year gets here," Wadood said. "I have a good idea of what I want to do right now but I'm still going to take the next week to think it over some more and then I'll do it at The Opening.

"When I talked to Coach Alexander today to let him know, he said he still wants me to think more about it and call Coach Graham tonight. He wants me to still think about ASU and I definitely will. I have a lot of respect for that program but I have to do what I feel is in my best interest long term."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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