Thursday, January 19, 2012
ASU coaching change fallout
By Dan Arritt
The late-season coaching change at Arizona State continues to have an impact on recruiting in the Inland Empire.
It was reported last month that Chaparral linebacker C.J. Dozier and Upland wide receiver Kenny Lawler had de-committed from the Sun Devils after Dennis Erickson was fired Nov. 28 and replaced two weeks later by Todd Graham, who is beginning his fourth head coaching job since 2006.
Dozier, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior who averaged 5.3 tackles a game last season, took an official visit to Arizona last weekend and committed to the Wildcats, even opting to enroll at the school for this spring semester, according to the Tucson Citizen. Dozier had made a non-binding verbal commitment to Arizona State in July, prior to taking any official visits.
Lawler, who caught 53 passes for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, is the last marquee recruit from the I.E. still undecided on his college choice. He had committed to the Sun Devils back in February, the first offer he received.
The Sun Devils appear to have retained one of their early I.E. commitments, Corona Centennial defensive lineman Milo Jordan, who reportedly re-committed after taking an official visit to Arizona State last weekend. However, the 6-2, 265-pound senior still has an official visit scheduled to UCLA this weekend.
Arizona State has done well recruiting in the Corona-Norco area in the past. On last season’s roster, six players were listed from Centennial and six from Norco.
Here’s an updated list of recruits from the I.E, both committed and uncommitted.