ASU STRIKES OUT FOR SEATTLE AREA TALENT

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012

The Pac 12 Schools are finishing up and awaiting a bowl bid which mean for the first time in a long time schools can turn their eye to recruiting.  We are hearing from more and more recruits in the Class of 2014 and a few in 2015 that their being recruited more now then ever.  And for a lucky few those offers are coming in!

Tonight was one of those nights as Arizona State Coach Joe Lorig was making the rounds checking on some of those top recruits.  Joe is one of the many Coaches that receive our NWPR Top Prospect Report and we know him from his background as a Coach here in the Pacific Northwest.

So it was with gratitude that we heard from not one…but two of our top Washington recruits tonight that ASU via Coach Lorig had extended them an offer to play for the Sun Devils in 2014.

Coach Joe made the trip down to Fife High School today.  Apparently he was down to see what the excitement was all about surrounding one 6'8"-270 Pound Junior.   That would be Kaleb McGary.

"I saw this Coach in my Coaches office and going over some things with him.   That was pretty cool.  And my Coach told me it was Coach Lorig and that he was getting my transcripts.  Then tonight we spoke by phone and he let me know that everything checked out and that ASU was offering me a Full Ride to play for them," said McGary.  "This is my 5th major offer and really like a dream coming true you know?"

McGary has offers from OSU, WSU, Washington, and Utah to go along with this offer.  

A few minutes after Kaleb called us we received a message from Devante Downs of Mountlake Terrace.  The 6'3"- 235 Pound monster back had just received his offer from the Sun Devils too.  

"Terrific offer," said Downs.  "I just saw them beat Arizona and the team appears to be well coached and on the rise. That is a school I need to get to know more about and I am honored they offered me."

What positions are these guys up for?  
 

"Tight End or offensive tackle," said McGary.  "Pretty much like everyone else.  And I am fine with both."

What about Downs?

"Coach said where ever I prefer.  I told him Running back and he said they have use of a big back like me," said Devante Downs.  "So that is my goal still; to carry that ball in college."

Now Downs has added interest from Missouri, Michigan State, and UCLA and feels they are all looking close at him based on what he is hearing.

McGary has an ever expanding list of schools; almost too many to list.  

Devante Downs landed ASU making that his 3rd Pac 12 Offer!

"There are a lot of hand written letters and notes coming in for sure," said McGary.  "I am very blessed."

No surprise that they are both very interested in hearing from Notre Dame and Stanford.  Our guess is that will happen.  Calling Keivarae Russell (Notre Dame), Joshua Garnett (Stanford) and Michael Rector (Stanford)!!  Top in State Talent Alert!  ;)

No doubt these two have the amazing size and speed to gain top level interest like this and along with Bellevue's Budda Baker they will lead another crowded bunch out of the State of Washington for the Class of 2014.

Huge congrats to these guys for gaining this level of interest so early!

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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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