Humphreys intrigued by Sun Devils

Humphreys intrigued by Sun Devils

The culture change that Arizona State's program has undergone this past year hasn't been only embraced by its current players, but has also resonated with Sun Devil prospects such as 2014 defensive lineman Connor Humphreys, who visited Tempe a few weeks ago as part of the school's Junior Day event.

"I loved the facilities over there and the jerseys were pretty nice," Humphreys said. "I think Coach Graham has a good program he's starting to build and a good core of beliefs that a good coach has to have. Coach Graham is trying to develop character with his players. Coming from a Catholic school I have the same core beliefs, so what he's doing is pretty impressive to me.

"All of the coaches as a staff seem like great guys and all have a common goal and that is winning championships."

The 6-4 250-pound Connor Humphreys is being recruited as a Devil backer by Arizona State. The Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic standout stated that he did like this hybrid defensive end/linebacker position and how it fits the overall aggressive nature of the Sun Devil defense.

"They are very strong and they always attack the ball," Humphreys described, "and that's how I like to play – always attacking. The (ASU) coaches told me that if I signed there I did have a chance to play as a true freshman, because I had the type of skills where I could jump right in and contribute to the team. They really liked my speed and strength.

"My fastest 40-time is 4.87. I bench 330 lbs., squat 530 lbs. and power clean 255 lbs."

Humphreys reported junior season stats of 11.5 sacks and 80 tackles.

A couple of days after his ASU visit, Humphreys did receive an offer from the Sun Devils. Oregon, Wyoming and Portland State are his only other offers to date. Fox Sports Next's Jake Worthen recently reported that the defensive lineman is visiting Boise State next weekend, and in the summer he plans to attend Washington's Rising Stars camp.

The defensive lineman claimed that a school's location wouldn't be a factor in his recruitment, as long as he felt that he is going to the best possible program for him.

"Wherever I play," Humphreys said, "I know my friends and family will be watching me. I know I definitely want to play in the Pac-12 and if I didn't play there it would probably be Boise State or maybe a big school that would contact me later.

"I don't think I will decide before my senior year, because I want to take my official visits. I want to visit the schools that offered me and make the right decision before I commit. I'm looking for a good program which has good coaches, and a program that is successful on and off the field. Good facilities and good education is something else I'm looking for."

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