December 22, 2007

Gasu opens up about ASU pledge

Two days after one of the nation's elite defensive tackle prospects, Lawrence Guy, committed to Arizona State, the school received another pledge from a recruit at the position, JUCO target Spencer Gasu, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder at Santa Ana (Calif.) Community College.

"They were recruiting me and I really liked it over there when I visited," Gasu said. "Coach Erickson is a great guy. Coach Stretz really liked me. They really wanted me. I just feel ASU is the right fit for me.

"Coach Erickson said he can help get me to the [NFL]. He said he knows I can get to the League. It's just a matter of selling out and doing what's right and working hard to get there. He is talking about National Championships and he's been there before. I know he has a program he can take there. Pac-10 Champions first year, that says a lot about what can possibly happen next year and in the future."

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 upon graduation in the spring.

Earlier this year, Gasu was verbally committed to Oregon, but the school received commitments from two other players, and he re-opened his recruitment.

"I really liked Oregon. I was willing to do anything this next semester to go there. But they found two other guys they thought were better fits than me. I'm sure they'll be good fits for the their program. They found a guy (Blake Ferras) who was a mid-year transfer and they found a guy (Justin Thompson) who is the No. 1 guy (actually No. 5 JUCO recruit nationally by in the country. They had two scholarships for the position and they gave them to those guys. I know how it works but you just got to move on.

"When we play them, I have something for their offensive line. I'm just going to wait for that game. They have a good program and it just didn't work out, that's how it goes."

Gasu also considered Utah and he was scheduled to go on an official visit to Cal to in early January, but decided he didn't need to make that trip before reaching a decision."

"I just decided I didn't want to waste anyone's time and didn't want to waste my time," Gasu said. "I really liked it out there at ASU and the coaches were on me real tough. They had pretty much everything I was looking for."

Gasu is the 17th commitment for ASU in the class.

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