“I made my decision today that I’m going to ASU,” said the 6-2 318 Mo Latu. “I called coach Erickson and gave him the news and he was very happy. I had a great (official) visit when I went up there. The coaches are amazing, the players are outstanding. It’s a great school and I like the mentality of coach Stretz and how he works with the defensive line.
“I feel that I can fit into this program very well.”
Latu said that being close to home didn’t play a major factor in his resolution.
“It was more about the players and the coaches,” Latu explained. “It was a very hard decision to make and it’s now a relief. I’m very excited.”
Latu played both as a defensive tackle and interior offensive lineman for the Pumas. He was voted All-Region following his senior year, a campaign in which he tallied 50 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions – one of them returned for a 20-yard score.
“Arizona State is recruiting me as a defensive lineman,” Latu mentioned. “I’m someone that plays hard every week and always brings my best to the game. I look forward to learning from the seniors and the coaches there and reaching my potential at ASU.”
Latu becomes the second high profile local prospect to commit to the Sun Devils this week, follow Vi Teofilo who pledged to the maroon and gold just yesterday. Latu mentioned that he has been in constant contact with two other local prospects in Cyrus Hobbi and Todd Peat.
“I called Cyrus about an hour ago and told him I committed,” Latu said. “We have always been talking about coming to ASU together. I jumped on the ball before he did but I hope my decision helps him with his decision making. I hope he joins me here.
“I haven’t talked to Todd yet today, but I will give him a call tonight and let him know too that I committed.”
The lineman was supposed to visit Utah this weekend, but said that he doesn’t believe he will do so now. “I’m solid to ASU,” he said.