- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Arizona State added commitment No. 17 to its 2013 recruiting class on Monday, as safety Jayme Otomewo (Los Angeles/Dorsey) called the Sun Devils coaches to inform them of his decision.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back held offers from Colorado, Fresno State and Hawaii in addition to Arizona State, but decided that enough research on the schools had been done.
"Before I committed, I was talking to Coach [Chris] Ball earlier today and he said I'm the type of safety he needs and they want to get me down to Arizona State," Otomewo said. "When I got off the phone I talked to my family and said I really like this place. I called him back about 20 minutes later and said, 'I want to be a Sun Devil.'"
Otomewo will still take official visits before signing his letter of intent. He has visits scheduled to Arizona State on Jan. 11 and Hawaii on Jan. 18. He said he would also like to schedule one with Colorado, but is unsure if that will happen due to the coaching situation.
"It feels good," Otomewo said of making his verbal commitment. "I'm relieved now that it's off my shoulders. Now I can go through my senior year and know that I'm going to a D-I school."
The commitment to Arizona State was a long time coming for Otomewo. He said the Sun Devils staff had been recruiting him the hardest, and though he hasn't been to the campus yet, he saw enough Arizona State games this season to come to appreciate the fan base and the football team.
"It's exciting," he said. "I really like the program there."