Nacua returns from Tempe with an offer

Nacua returns from Tempe with an offer

The recruiting process between Isaiah Nacua and Arizona State hasn't been long lived by any means, but suffice to say that it has been productive in a short time. The 6-2 255-pound Las Vegas Bishop Gorman defensive lineman has been pursued by the Sun Devils for only a few weeks, and his performance in the team's camp on Sunday netted this 2014 prospect his first scholarship offer.

Not only was the offer a surprise for Isaiah Nacua, but also the circumstances that led the Arizona State coaches to their action.

"I play defensive end on my high school team, but they wanted me to play defensive tackle at the camp," Nacua stated. "I was shocked at first because I never played there and I'm kind of light weight compared to the players I was going up against. But I just went with it and they were impressed with my speed and how I played."

Last month, the defensive lineman unofficially visited Tempe with his brother Kai, another ASU camp participant, and that event certainly planted the seed of interest in Nacua.

"I loved all the facilities and the coaching staff," Nacua commented. "It looks like a real nice place. I really like Coach Graham's mentality and some of the things that he is doing so the team will have a good season. He wants to make sure that every player graduates and that was nice to see that he cares so much about your education. He is very strict about teamwork and character and that was nice to hear too.

"When I watched them in the spring game, I could tell how aggressive and precise the defense was. They are very forceful."

Nacua remarked that he was clocked running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, but he knows that his strength needs to catch up to his speed, and yet those two traits need to also have the perfect balance.

"I've been working in the weight room on my upper body," Nacua said. "But at the same time, even though I need to add weight I need to make sure that I keep my speed because that is my specialty. Right now I bench 275 lbs., squat 370 and power clean 270 lbs."

The lineman added that as a sophomore for the 15-1 Nevada state champions Gales he recorded seven sacks and was voted All-League.

Nacua's only other unofficial visit to date has been to BYU, who along with Nebraska, Tulsa, Utah and Colorado have been showing interest in him. He noted that he would like to gather more offers before deciding on any timetable for a decision.

"When I choose a school I'm going to look for a university that has a good Criminal Justice program because that is what I want to major in," Nacua said. "I know Arizona State has one of the best (Criminal Justice) schools. I also want to look at the campus location, and how the school is with tutoring.

"I would like to go to school with my brother, Kai. Arizona State is looking at him too. He plays quarterback in high school, but they had him playing safety in camp and that is the position a lot of schools are recruiting him at. I hope they offer him a scholarship."

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