Defensive End Eric Tanner Talks About Choice

Defensive end Eric Tanner from Phoenix College signed his LOI with ASU last week and will be on campus for Spring Ball. Check out what he had to say about his recent commitment...

Phoenix College defensive end Eric Tanner was a one time commit to Minnesota, he de-committed and ended up signing his letter of intent with Arizona State. Here is our discussion with Tanner and why he chose ASU.

Scout.com: Why ASU?
Tanner: "My family influenced me to go to ASU. Plus, I already was living in the Tempe area so I didn't have to move far away and deal with the cold weather."

What made you pick them over Minnesota after you had committed already? 
"I never really had a choice and schools to go to because of the fact that I went to PC so players in our program got overlooked. It just takes time to get your name out there, that's all."

Was it your childhood dream to play at ASU being a local kid, prepping at Mesa Skyline?
"It was not a dream to play at ASU. I've only been in AZ for four years now. I'm an east coast kid just adjusted to a west coast way of life."

Describe your experience at PC.
"It was fun at PC, I learned a lot and matured both as a student and an athlete. I couldn't have gone to a better place."

What other offers did you have?
"Nevada, Illinois, Western Illinois, Southern Illnois, Idaho State, Toledo and Middle Tennessee."

Compare your ASU and Minnesota visit?
"The programs are similiar even though Minnesota had newer facilities. Besides that there wasn't much of a difference besides where you lived at and the climate."

You start in January, what do you plan to major in?
"Exercise science."

Do you think you will play right away?
"Yes, I believe I would've played right away where ever I went. I have faith in myself and that I will only get better because this past season was only my third season ever playing football."

What do you think of Coach Erickson?
"He's an upfront honest guy who knows how to win."

What are your strengths as a player?
"My speed (4.52 forty), pass rush skills, quickness, physical strength and aggressiveness when it gets turned on.

I am sure that Sun Devil fans are happy that Tanner chose ASU and look forward to seeing him put pressure on the QB over the next two years.


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