The Arizona State Sun Devils will take the field with a very important piece intact from their 2009 recruiting class.
To say that five-Star Linebacker, Vontaze Burfict is an important piece, is an understatement. Burfict is a gem, a diamond in the ruff of this past year's recruiting class.
The good news is, Burfict has cleared through the NCAA Clearing House. Burfict and fellow high school teammate, Ge'Shaun Harris were both seen together getting sized and fit for their equipment in preparation for Arizona State's first practice on Thursday.
That has to be a great relief for all the Sun Devil fans. Burfict was in fact perfect for the Sun Devils. He was the recruit that Erickson and the Sun Devils desperately needed to gain some momentum following a dismal season in 2008.
Now, Erickson and the Sun Devils will take the field against Idaho State at full strength and a middle linebacker that plays harder than most at the high school level.
For Sun Devil fans, they will hope that Burfict's quality of play translates to the college level.