Late bloomer being pursued by ASU

Late bloomer being pursued by ASU

The Sun Devils have already landed two players from Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro High School, and through their recruiting efforts of defensive end Sean O'Grady the maroon and gold are putting themselves in an excellent position to complete a trifecta.

The 6-3 230 Sean O'Grady has not visited Arizona State as of yet, but through two of his former teammates, Evan Finkenberg and Sil Ajawara, the defensive end has been able to learn much about the Sun Devils.

"Recruiting is going great," O'Grady said. "I'm being recruited by the running backs coach (Bryce) Erickson and I talked to him a lot and also to the defensive line coach (Grady Stretz). I'm very impressed with the way they are talking to me. I haven't had a chance to meet them in person and that's why it's so cool that they offered me just by watching my tape.

"I don't get out of school until the 23rd, so I didn't have a chance to go to their camp. But I really want to go up there and visit and I'll probably do so soon. Seeing the school online it looks amazing. They are definitely my favorite school and I'm not saying just because I'm talking to you – that's what I tell everybody."

By his own admission, O'Grady is a "late bloomer" and indicated that he was being recruited by the maroon and gold while the staff was pursuing Ajawara last season.

"I won my starting position at the beginning of my junior season," O'Grady recalled, "but I got the swine flu towards the end of the season and I had to sit out a few games. They (ASU) just went off of my junior film and they told me they liked what they saw and they offered me.

"The day they offered me I haven't really heard from them a lot besides just a few emails, so I was very surprised. But I also was very happy because ASU was already at the top of my list and they still are."

In 2009 the defensive end had 59 stops and 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in eight games. Due to his aforementioned illness O'Grady lost 20 pounds but has gained all of that and more during his recovery. The Tesoro standout reported a bench mark of 315 lbs. and a squatting mark of 425. He was clocked two days at a combine on his campus running a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.

"I do good job with my speed coming off the edge and pressuring the quarterback," O'Grady said of his attributes. "I want to add weight but not a ton so I can maintain my speed and my variety of moves. I'm still growing and I'm going to hit the weights hard to get stronger. Even though I'm very quick I know I can get faster.

"I really like watching NFL defensive ends like Jared Allen and Dwight Freeney and I try to copy the moves they have, and see how they use their hands because I need to improve my hand movement. I'm just trying to perfect my position."

San Diego State was the first school to offer O'Grady, and aside from ASU, Washington State and Colorado State have offered as well.

"Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Boise State are recruiting me pretty hard too," O'Grady remarked. "I think some of those schools are going to offer me. It's been crazy getting so many emails and phone calls from different coaches, but I'm able to sit back and enjoy it. It's been a dream of mine to play D-I ball and it's so fun watching all se schools on TV and now they're recruiting you."

The defensive end camped at San Diego State because of the short drive from his house, but commented that he doesn't see himself attending any other combines or camps this summer.

O'Grady naturally has discussed his recruiting with the maroon and gold with both Finkenberg who will a redshirt freshman this season and Ajawara who is part of the Sun Devils' incoming 2010 class. O'Grady noted that while that tandem has been pushing him into joining them in Tempe, their efforts have not been overbearing.

"Evan told me that there is great camaraderie on the team and Sil is just pumped to go there," O'Grady described. "I know ASU has a great defense and with my skills I would be a good fit there. They both said that once they visited the school they knew that was the place for them so I can't wait to get up there.

"I'm very good friends with Sil and work out with him all the time to get better. It's good for me to do this because I get to see what the competition will be in college. Sil has been interested in all the schools I've been talking to and he said that he found his niche at ASU. I know it would be really cool to play with both of them in college and I'm definitely going to take that into account when I make my decision."

O'Grady claimed that he doesn't know whether he will pledge to the school of his choice before the season or not, and for now he would like to keep his options open in regards to that aspect.

"If I find that a school that can really be my home for the next four, five years that's where I'm going to go," O'Grady explained. "I'm looking for a school where the coaches are perfect for me, the school is right for me…when I feel the moment is right I will commit.

"But when I visit ASU I may be totally obsessed with it and commit there."

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