Defensive end Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) now will make the college move to Tempe, Ariz., with a high school teammate and good buddy.
West Mesquite three-star cornerback Will Earley gave Arizona State his verbal commitment on Sunday after an official visit to the campus over the weekend. Earley ultimately chose the Sun Devils over offers from Ole Miss and New Mexico.
The visit to Tempe was something of a gamble for Earley, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback. Prior to the visit, Earley did not have an offer from Arizona State, but he felt a scholarship was within reach, as he had been in constant contact with his area recruiter, running backs coach Larry Porter.
“I noticed they really wanted to see if I was as big as they thought I was,” Earley said. “It feels good to finally get that weight off my shoulders.”
Earley, who became the Sun Devils’ 12th overall commitment of the 2013 recruiting class, also had offers from TCU, SMU, North Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada and UNLV. A player who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, Earley is the No. 89 cornerback in the nation.
Earley said the campus and the high-energy atmosphere of Sun Devils Stadium proved to be enough for him to make his decision. Earley was taking in the visit with teammates Mixon, a three-star defensive end, and Tennessee commit Kameron Miles, an ESPN 300 safety. Earley got the offer during a meeting with head coach Todd Graham.
“I was nervous at first, because I wasn’t for sure at first,” Earley said. “I committed right when he said there was an offer.
“It’s going to be good to play with Dimarya. I know I won’t be down there alone. Dimarya’s come [to Tempe] a couple of times already, so he can be my tour guide.”
Of Arizona State’s 12 pledges, Earley is the first cornerback to commit.