"I was offered by Arizona State
about middle of May," said the 6-3 185 Randy Knust
. "Coach Bray saw me at my spring practice but I never met him then. He called me (in May) saying that they were going to offer me and the letter came in the mail right away.
"I was very surprised and excited when I got the offer from them. It didn't even register the first time he said it on the phone. It was an awesome feeling."
Knust visited Tempe unofficially a couple of weeks ago, and got the usual tour of the campus and its facilities.
"It was an awesome visit and I liked everything about it," he remarked. "The coaches are what I liked the most about the visit. I know Coach Yarber can make me a better wide receiver, because he coached guys like Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice and Chad Johnson. During my visit, I really could see myself playing there."
Consequently, Knust verbally committed to the Sun Devils earlier this week.
As a junior, Knust collected 15 receptions and 455 yards, and scored three touchdowns for The Woodlands (Tex.) high school. The Highlanders were 9-2 during that season and lost in the second round of playoffs. Knust was voted second team 14-5A All-District.
Prior to his ASU offer, SMU and Stephen F. Austin were the only schools that offered the wide receiver. Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Rice, UTEP and Northwestern were some of schools who had recruited Knust in recent months.
"I had a turf toe injury late in the season," Knust stated, "and I missed three games. When I came back to play I wasn't 100% and had big bandage on my toe. I just couldn't stand being on the sidelines anymore.
"I think missing those games may hurt my recruiting a little and I didn't get as many offers as I thought I would."
Knust recorded a 4.41 second laser-timed mark in the 40-yard dash, a 35-inch vertical and a 3.95 second mark in the shuttle. He also benches 245 pounds and squats 345.
"I think my height and speed are a big advantage," he commented concerning his skills. "Wherever you throw me the ball I'm going to catch it, because I have an advantage over most cornerbacks. I run good routes and have good hands.
"I'm really going to work hard this summer gaining ten pounds and being stronger."
Knust doesn't plan on visiting any other schools, other than ASU for an official visit sometime in the fall. The wide receiver is anxious to begin his college career knowing he will have a chance to contribute early.
"When I watched film with coach Yarber during my visit he said that they will start me out as an outside receiver," Knust said. "I feel really comfortable in the offense they run because this is similar to the type of offense that I'm playing now in high school (Knust's team runs a true spread offense and ASU runs mostly a pro set but with three wide receivers and a tight end). It's a scheme where I know I can make a lot of plays. I think I'm versatile enough to play inside too and I'm going to learn all the wide receiver positions.
"Coach Yarber told me that if I practiced well when I got here, I won't have to redshirt."
Naturally, there will be many challenges facing a player like Randy Knust, when making the transition from high school to college football. When the WR visited the Sun Devils, he saw an offense that is familiar to him and one that could possibly be less of an adjustment to contend with. Ultimately, he was convinced that ASU was the place for him and pledged to the maroon and gold.