December 14, 2007

Gasu at ASU this weekend

One of Arizona State's official visitors this weekend is Santa Ana (Calif.) Community College defensive tackle Spencer Gasu, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder who was previously a soft commit to Oregon but is now open to other schools.

Gasu graduated from Valencia High School in 2005 before greyshirting at Mt. San Antonio College and transferring to Santa Ana. He will have three years to play two seasons at the Division I level after earning his degree in the spring.

"I know that they're Co-Pac-10 Championships this year," Gasu said, when asked about what he knows of the Sun Devils. "I know it's a good school. It's close by. Coach Erickson is a great coach. Coach Erickson alone is really big. He's won national championships before. They were close to doing it this year in his first year which is pretty impressive. I know it's in a nice area, it's really beautiful. They're building a new (practice) facility for the heat which is a good thing.

"ASU said they really like me because of my athleticism on the field. They're looking for a JC D-tackle to come in. They like me a lot. I guess they're having some of their top recruits in this week so I feel honored they invited me out there."

Gasu committed to Oregon in October, but decided to take additional visits. His first such trip was to Utah last weekend and he has scheduled visits to Cal-Berkeley on Jan. 4 with plans to see San Diego State at some point later in the month.

"I'll probably take both of those visits and then wrap everything up within a week or so of when I visit San Diego State," Gasu said.

As of now, ASU, Oregon, San Diego State and Utah have extended scholarship offers according to Gasu, with Cal strongly considering following suit.

"I watch a lot of film so I consider myself very intelligent as far as set recognition," Gasu said. "If I'm playing against a team, I can pretty much know what they're going to run by looking at them. I consider myself very explosive. I think I'm really fast for a D-tackle. The fastest I've ran was 4.85 in the 40-yard dash around mid-spring."

When asked what he's looking for in a college program, Gasu had the following to say:

"Program prestige, local restaurants and the cafeteria I would say are important. Also the academics and I'd like to go to a NIKE school because I've worn NIKE all my life."

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