“It’s not just because my teammates committed to Arizona State,” said the 6-1 210 Salamo Fiso about his decision. “I really like the linebackers’ coach (Trent Bray). He’s a young coach which I can relate to and he was All-Pac 10 player a few years ago so he knows what he is talking about.
“My (Junior Day) visit to Arizona State was great. It really looked like Long Beach just with no water. It felt like home. I really liked hanging out with all the players too.”
When Fiso talked to the Sun Devil coaches about his skills he heard some favorable comparisons.
“The coaches said that my football instincts remind them of Vontaze (Burfict) which is a great compliment,” Fiso commented. “They said I can play inside and they really like how I read the field and tackle. I do need to use my hands more when I play.
“When I saw the defense scrimmaging I liked the scheme because it’s a straight up 4-3 and that’s where I play well at.”
Needless that Salamo (who goes by the nickname ‘Junior’) Fiso sees a strong advantage having three of his teammates already committed to the school of his choice.
“It’s really going to help with the transition,” Fiso confessed. “It will feel like high school again. I’m just looking forward to working hard and competing just like we do in high school.”
Teammate Richard Smith, much like Fiso, had a hard time containing his excitement shortly after his pledge to the Sun Devils.
“I liked ASU since the 8th grade,” Smith revealed, “and always wanted to play there. So when they offered me I was very excited. When I went there for Junior Day it was a great environment. I liked how it was away from home, but not too far. (Wide receivers) Coach Broussard is a very passionate coach, and he played in the NFL so if he tells you something he knows what he’s talking about.
“I really felt the love there and how much they care about their athletes. I also liked how much they care about your academics and getting a degree. It’s a real good school to get a degree from and pursue a career after you graduate. They care about you graduating as much as they care about you winning games.”
The 5-9 161 Richard Smith reported junior season stats of approximately 800 yards, 30 catches and ten touchdowns. He said that the ASU coaches did like his elusiveness at wideout.
“They do like how shifty and fast I am,” said Smith who reported a 40-time of 4.4 seconds. “I’m a small receiver but I play well in space and I can also go deep. They like that I have a big heart and I don’t play scared.”
Smith stated that he and his teammates do plan to come down for a future visit during spring practice in two weeks. “It will be nice because it will less hectic than Junior Day,” Smith explained, “We’ll get to see more of the school.”
Three prospects committing to the same school in one night is a rare feat in the recruiting world, and the fact that all three came from the same high school is virtually unheard of.
“We just came to Arizona State tonight one after the other,” said Smith.