"My host Marcus Hardison was also a substantial factor. He told me that if I work hard I can make an immediate impact and coming from a player that was good to hear. That was a big thing."
The 6-4 270 Edmond Boateng is another important addition to an ASU defensive line that could lose all four starters following this season. He described what role the ASU coaches envisioned for him.
"They said I can be a solid base defensive end," Boateng said, "A big body that can really get after it. I can go in and set the edge really well. Since I only have been playing for close to four years they said that I have a lot of upside and that my ceiling is high.
"The coaches really want to develop me and make me the best player I can be."
Boateng is a three for three player in terms of eligibility, which is always an attractive proposition when recruiting a junior college player. More importantly he is also a mid-year transfer who will enroll in classes next month, as he plans to arrive on campus on January 13th.
"Coming in the spring is a big aspect of development," Boateng said. "That really is going to help me get my feet wet when it comes to playing for ASU. It will really get me used to how the system works. That can help me have a bigger impact and be even a bigger factor on and off the field for the team.
"Coming the spring is the best situation to be in especially when you are a qualifier out of high school."