Solomon Means to Arizona State: Juco CB Signs with Sun Devils over Houston

Coach Graham is pleased with the addition of Means to his secondary. - Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Butte College cornerback Solomon Means appeared headed for Houston, but a last-minute visit to Arizona State swayed him in the direction of Tempe.

Solomon Means, a JUCO transfer out of Butte College, has officially committed to Arizona State on National Signing Day 2012. Means chose the Sun Devils after initially giving a soft verbal to the Houston Cougars.

Arizona State is among three programs that had a high interest in the 6-foot-1 Means, but the cornerback made a surprise decision to join the Sun Devils on Signing Day. Means' selection may have been impacted by his February 1 visit to Arizona State.

Though both Rivals and Scout consider Means a two-star prospect, the transfer has major upside because he has only used one year of eligibility.

In his freshman season at Butte, the cornerback recorded 38 tackles and an interception as an anchor in the secondary.

With the loss of cornerbacks Deveron Carr and Osahon Irabor to graduation, Coach Todd Graham pinned the defensive backfield as a major need for the Sun Devils heading into the offseason. Means' commitment bolsters a young group that should have open competition for playing time.

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