Jaleel Wadood can't help but to crack a smile when asked about his commitment to Arizona State but is it because he's happy as ever to be a Sun Devil or is it because there is something we don't know?
The 2014 Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco defensive back committed to ASU Jan. 15 but it will most likely be a recruitment that comes down to February 2014 for the four-star cornerback.
"I'm staying in touch with the coaches [at ASU]," Wadood said after Bosco's coaches barbecue. "I'm taking unofficials there and still getting a feel for the school and everything around it."
Wadood has been to Tempe (Ariz). four times since his freshman year, including trips this year for both the Sun Devil's Junior Day and spring game. His brother, Rashad, is a redshirt junior cornerback in the Sun Devils' program.
ASU was not represented at the Bosco coaches barbecue.
Wadood says he is keeping an open mind toward schools who are still recruiting him and extending offers.
He thinks USC is perhaps closest to offering him a scholarship. "I've been talking to Coach [Tee] Martin and obviously they came out today to see me do drills," Wadood explained. "I think I have a pretty good chance at getting an offer."
He says Notre Dame and UCLA are continuing to track his progress. The Irish were on the sideline during the Bosco barbecue. "They're coming out and giving me looks in practice… so it could happen sooner or later."
UCLA was one of the few Pac-12 programs not at Bosco to watch drills, but Wadood says the Bruins are still showing a good amount of interest.
"The Bruins have a nice program," he said. "They had a really good season and Coach [Jim] Mora has a good program going."