Shoate hopes to show his stuff this fall

After walking on with the Arizona State Sun Devils, current Mesa (San Diego) CB Jonathan Shoate (5-11, 160) figured going the JC route instead was the best chance he had at earning a full-ride. caught up recently with the talented cover-corner and he updated us on recruiting and where his focus lies this offseason...

After a standout career at San Diego's Serra High School, Shoate decided to walk-on with Arizona Staten in 2006, but he hit a bump in the road after two years in Tempe.

"I had to leave because I was having some financial troubles," Shoate recalled. "It was too bad too, because I think I had a good chance at getting some playing time, but it just didn't work out and I couldn't afford to stay there any longer."

Now enrolled at Mesa, Shoate has been hard at work on his strength.

"The coaches here have really been good to me," Shoate said. "They've been on me about getting stronger and adding muscle. They like what I can do out there, but they said I need to get stronger.

"I'm a complete corner and I play zone as well as I play bump-and-run. Being bigger and stronger will help me re-route receivers and I can be more physical in the running game as well."

On the recruiting front, Shoate is already hearing from several D-1 programs including the one he just left.

"Arizona State has been in touch with me and they would like me back," Shoate said. "I've also had conversations with Middle Tennessee, Utah, Oregon State and a bunch of D-2 schools.

"I don't have any offers yet, but those schools have shown me a lot of interest."

Because Shoate spent his first two years, including a redshirt season in 2006, after this season he'll have two to play two and he said he is on pace to sign with his school of choice in December.

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