December 13, 2007

JUCO tackle will commit to ASU this weekend

Arizona State is set to lose several of its top offensive tackles to graduation and the school has been looking to fill that void with a junior college addition. On Thursday, one such prospect informed ASUDevils.com that he expected to commit to the school while on his official visit this weekend.

Pasadena (Calif.) City College standout Tom Njunge, a teammate of ASU commit Terell Carr, was previously verbally committed to Boise State, but he re-opened the recruiting process earlier this month, and is now planning to join Carr in Tempe.

"I'm going to be committing to ASU this weekend," Njunge said. "I'm going to wait until I see the campus but if I were to commit right now it would be ASU. One, it's close to home and two, a friend of mine (Car) is going to be going there. He told me a lot about it and that I would really like it."

The 6-foot-5, 285 pound Njunge has scholarship offers from Kansas State and Boise State in addition to the Sun Devils. Matt Lubick is recruiting Njunge for ASU.

"He told me they're pretty much going to take care of me," Njunge said of Lubick. "They expect me to contribute my first year and I should be in there competing for a starting position because they're losing a lot of offensive tackles. So it's going to be good to have that opportunity."

Njunge said that he felt he made his initial decision to commit too soon, and the opportunity to play in the Pac-10 for a successful program is extremely appealing.

"My coach knew the staff over and Boise and felt it would be a good fit for me. But I committed before I visited. It wasn't too bad, it was pretty cool, but I thought I wanted to look at my options and see if I found someplace better. ASU is in a really good conference and it's closer to home. I think it's going to be a really good fit."

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