Timing of ASU pledge was right for Wadood

Timing of ASU pledge was right for Wadood

Many thought it was forgone conclusion that Jaleel Wadood was going to pledge to ASU and follow in the footsteps of older brother Rashad. Yet, it was the current Sun Devil cornerback who advised his younger brother not to commit early. The 2014 four-star prospect from Bellflower (Calif.) did ultimately decide to follow his heart and committed to Arizona State Monday evening.

"If feels great ," Wadood said about his commitment. "They offered me back at the summer camp and I liked that they took action when they saw what they liked. They felt that they wanted me and I wanted to be a Sun Devil.

"I really like how Coach Graham runs things over there and I like the success they had this year. The secondary got a lot of picks and they really get after it and fly to the ball. They make a lot of plays and there are a lot of things I like about this defense."

Aside from his brother Rashad Wadood, the St. John Bosco standout kept in close contact with Arizona State safety Alden Darby. Needless to say that for the last several months he was able to gain a unique and deep perspective of the program from those who were experiencing it firsthand.

"They both said that they had a great relationship with the coaches," Wadood stated, "and that they were always going to make you work hard and that nothing would come easy. I wouldn't want it any other way than that. I just want to compete.

"They make you a better player and a better man, because they don't want to only help you in football, they want to help you in life. They want you to be a better person overall. That's something that got me."

Despite the glowing reviews his brother was giving him about the Sun Devil program, Wadood said that he never felt pressure to embark on the same path as Rashad did.

"He wanted me to obviously be a Sun Devil but always told me that wherever I go he'll be happy," Wadood noted. "He actually told me not to make an early move and take things slowly. He didn't even know when I committed and he had nothing with my commitment. It was on all me and what I wanted to do.

"Committing to them now is just a feeling I had. When I went to their (summer) camp they taught me a lot of stuff that made me feel that Arizona State is a place where I want to be. People say I did this early but they have a great coaching staff in Tempe and I want to be a part of that team."

The 5-11 160-pound Jaleel Wadood is ranked no. 19 among the 2014 cornerbacks and in his junior year for the Braves he recorded 48 tackles, two passes defended and one interception. He was one of the defensive standouts at the Junior Rank combine earlier this month which featured some of the best 2014 prospects from across the nation.

"I worked very hard in the off-season and even though I had a good season I realize I have to work even harder in my senior year," Wadood said. "I need to get into the weight room and get my body right. I'm planning to get up to 175 lbs.

"The coaches like how physical I play, that I'm a ball hawk and just like the way I play the game. I'm a student of the game and a hard worker who likes to make plays on the field."

Arizona State, Oregon State and Colorado are Wadood's offers to date. He indicated that schools such as Boise State, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tennessee have all shown interest.

"I know that other schools will come and recruit me," Wadood admitted, "but right now I'm committed to Arizona State."

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