On Wednesday, the Arizona State Sun Devils gained a commitment from its biggest recruit—literally and figuratively—thus far for the 2010 class, as 6'8", 320-pound, four-star junior college offensive tackle Brice Schwab gave his pledge to ASU.
Formerly committed to USC until Trojan head coach Pete Carroll bolted to join the Seattle Seahawks, Schwab fills an area of dire need for the Sun Devils, as ASU has had one of the weakest offensive lines in the Pac-10 conference over the past three years and loses the services of departed senior Shaun Lauvao, who earned All-Pac-10 recognition at left tackle in 2009.
A native of West Sunbury, Pa., and a two-year standout at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., Schwab officially visited ASU last weekend and is placing a rush order on the necessary steps to join the Sun Devils as a mid-year transfer and to participate in spring drills.
Schwab chose ASU over several elite programs like Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State and a host of others that joined USC in vying for his services. Able to play either tackle position, the common assumption is Schwab will begin his Sun Devil career at left tackle.
The addition of Schwab gives ASU six total offensive linemen in its 2010 class, including fellow junior college transfers Chris DeArmas and Aderious Simmons, who are also candidates to start as the Devils are forced to also replace center Thomas Altieri, guard Brent Good and tackle Tom Njunge in addition to Lauvao, all of whom earned starting reps as seniors last season.
To date, ASU lists 22 verbal commitments and likely will take three or four more.
Perhaps the next candidate for a commitment is speedy all-purpose athlete Kyle Middlebrooks of Fountain Valley, Calif., who likely will decided between ASU and Arizona by the end of the week; however, with former Wildcat offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes leaving Tucson to become the new head coach at Louisiana Tech, the Sun Devils may be firmly in the driver’s seat for Middlebrooks’ pledge.
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Joe Healey is a 2006 graduate of Arizona State University and also writes for DevilsDigest.com, Maroon and Gold Illustrated, as well as official ASU football publications and is also involved with The Pat Tillman Foundation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.