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ASU Football: Erickson Continues To Tap Into Recruiting Pipelines
Michael Eubank senior quarterback from Corona Centennial

After signing 19 recruits from the Golden State last recruiting cycle, Dennis Erickson and the Arizona State Sun Devils are invading California for top-tier talent once again. 

On Saturday, Michael Eubank, the seventh ranked quarterback in California, committed to play for Arizona State and the Sun Devils. Eubank's commitment comes after the Sun Devils accepted a verbal commitment and a subsequent early letter of intent from the sixth ranked quarterback in the pass-happy state of California. 

Michael Bercovici from Taft high school in Woodland Hills, CA, has already signed his letter of intent for ASU, and will enroll in Tempe come January, one month before National Signing Day. 

Clearly, Bercovici's interest and passion for the maroon and gold did not hinder Eubank's recruiting process, or his intent to lead the Sun Devils on the field. 

Eubank might not be a familiar name, but the school that he currently attends has been well versed in the "Valley of the Sun." Corona Centennial has produced some of the best talent in recent years, not only for Arizona State, but for many other schools across the Pac-10.  

A few names that might be familiar for college football enthusiasts are Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), Vontaze Burfict (ASU), Brandon Magee (ASU and the Tampa Rays) and Matt Scott (Arizona).

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Erickson and son, Bryce, pictured behind the head coach have been major factors in ASU's recruiting success in '11.

In recent years, the Sun Devils have stockpiled 12 players from the Inland Empire's two elite programs, Corona Centennial and Norco. With its recent success, ASU will look to continue that trend in future recruiting classes, starting with 2011. 

Many Sun Devil fans thought that Matt Lubick, ASU's former recruiting coordinator, was an integral part of the recruiting success of years past. With that being said, the pipelines that have been formed since the Erickson tenure began, along with the help of Lubick, are still alive and well. 

Believe it or not, the Sun Devils are even extending their recruiting borders eastward. This recruiting cycle, Arizona State has found a new hotbed in Florida. 

Although Lubick is now at Duke University, the Sun Devils are utilizing another Erickson to reel in the big fish outside of Tampa. 

Bryce Erickson not only recruited and received a commitment from one player from Lakeland high school, but as of this week, three Lakeland high seniors, Devin Goodman, Gionni Paul and Steward Butler verbally committed to both Dennis Erickson and Bryce Erickson, and will don the maroon and gold in the future. 

Although the top five-star recruits are not committing to ASU in droves, the best of the best of rising stars are coming to Tempe in 2011. 

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