The Arizona State Sun Devils are eagerly awaiting Signing Day for the class of 2014, but on Sunday, the Sun Devils learned that one of their top commitments for the class of 2015 has decided to go in a different direction .
On Sunday morning, Rob Cassidy of Rivals.com broke the news that safety Avery Anderson has de-committed from Arizona State and is now verbally committed to Nebraska. Cassidy tweeted out the news and also offered brief quotes of what Anderson had to say about his decision.
Anderson: I have informed ASU that due to several recent developments, I've decided to attend and play at Nebraska. This wasn't easy .."— Rob Cassidy (@Cassidy_Rob) February 2, 2014
Anderson (Cont) "I have nothing but great things to say about ASU and the ASU staff and fan base -- thank you."— Rob Cassidy (@Cassidy_Rob) February 2, 2014
Anderson committed to Arizona State in April of 2013 and according to Anderson's 247Sports profile, the safety wasn't offered by the Cornhuskers until Jan. 22 of 2014.
Anderson will not sign his letter of intent until the next recruiting cycle, and Arizona State still expects four players who played safety in high school to sign letter of intents on Wednesday. 3-star recruits DeAndre Scott, Dasmond Tautalatasi, Jamal Scott and Jordan Thomas are the four safeties still verbally committed to Arizona State.
In the 2013 recruiting cycle, the Sun Devils also pulled in an impressive haul at the safety position. Jayme Otomewo, James Johnson and Marcus Ball are three safeties from the class of 2013 that Todd Graham spoke highly of throughout the 2013 season and he expects all three to make an impact in the program soon.
Anderson's de-commitment comes as a surprise because he was a solid verbal commitment has not received many offers. Anderson's Rivals.com profile only lists offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming, but Anderson has now decided that Nebraska is his top choice until more offers come his way.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article said that Anderson was a class of 2014 recruit. The updated version accurately reflects his status as a high school junior and a member of the 2015 recruiting class. House of Sparky regrets this error.