“I loved my visit to Arizona State last weekend,” said the 6-3 230 Sean O’Grady, “and I knew that this was the place for me and my parents liked it too. I just wanted to come back home and talk things over with my head coach Brain Barnes and talk more with my parents about it. Tonight I decided was a good night to make my commitment.
“I called coach Bryce Erickson and he told me how stoked and excited he was. I also called coach Dennis Erickson and he was really excited too. I was trying to get a hold of my D-Line coach Grady Stretz but wasn’t able to so I will call him back. I know he will be very excited because he was telling me on email how much he wanted me here.”
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. The Tesoro standout reported a bench mark of 315 lbs. and a squatting mark of 425. He was clocked 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 in a previous interview. “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.
O’Grady said that the ASU staff sees him at rush end but added that if his body did mature he could grow to play strong side defensive end as well.
The defensive end from Rancho Santa Margarita stated that he loved the camaraderie he felt in Tempe last weekend, and the fact that two of his former teammates, Evan Finkenberg and Sil Ajawara, being current Sun Devils obviously didn’t hurt matters.
“Everybody there was real sincere and genuine,” O’Grady commented. “All the players are really cool. Evan and Sil love it up there and had nothing but good things to say about it. I know that I’m going to have to work hard once I get up there but I’m prepared for it.
“I’ve been looking forward to this all my life. This is what I wanted to do – play big time football in the Pac-10. I just want to have a good senior year, stay healthy and head up to ASU.”
O’Grady was seriously considering San Diego State but noted that he has no plans to visit program that or any other schools who recruited him. The defensive end also received offers from Washington State, Colorado State and North Dakota.
“When I make a verbal commitment I plan to stick to it,” O’Grady said. “I’m planning to go to as many ASU home games that I can go to. I’m definitely coming to the Oregon game because that may be the weekend of my official visit.”