Los Angeles Preps: DeSean Jackson

LA South: Long Beach Poly trio heading to Arizona State

April, 6, 2011
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Attention Pac-10 Conference football fans: Arizona State just got a bit better and could be on the verge of getting much better in the near future.

The Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from wide receiver Josiah Blandin earlier this week. And it's worth mentioning that reports have been circulating about his teammates Randall Goforth and Richard Smith also pledging to Arizona State.

“Yes, Josiah is heading to Arizona State, I know that much,'' Poly coach Raul Lara said. “Now, I have not heard about Randall and Richard yet, not sure if they both ended up committing to Arizona State. I will find out tomorrow.''

Each player brings something different to the table. One of the things they all have in common is that they are juniors. In addition, Blandin, Goforth and Smith figure to play prominent roles for Poly once the season begins in early September.

At 6-foot-4, Blandin has the size most Division I schools covet on the outside. He had 14 receptions and a pair of touchdowns a season ago for Poly.

“Josiah is one of those big kids that gives you an added dimension on the offensive side of the ball,'' Lara said.

Goforth is more of a possession-type of receiver. When the Jackrabbits needed a first-down last year, they looked in his direction. He responded by averaging 17.5 yards per catch.

“Randall is very quick, a slasher who knows how to get himself open,'' Lara said.

Smith is the deep threat, a game-breaker. He led Poly in receptions (23), yards (597) and touchdowns (8) last season. Lara said that Smith reminds him of former Poly standout DeSean Jackson.

“Richard does some of the same things DeSean did for us back when we had him here. Richard is scary fast, if you miss a tackle on him, he's gone,'' Lara said.

Keep in mind, a verbal commitment is non-binding. Blandin can end up changing his mind and switch schools down the road, at any point. And if Goforth and Smith did, in fact, commit to Arizona State, they can also decide to play elsewhere in college.

For now, it appears as if Tempe is the destination.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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