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Jon Rahm will leave ASU as one of the most decorated athletes in school history.

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I met Jon Rahm about a year ago when I was helping a friend on assignment for another news organization. We interviewed him inside the ASU clubhouse along with some of his teammates. Rahm could not have been nicer or more accommodating.

Afterwords, we stuck around and watched him hit some drives. While my friend was collecting some b-roll I stood about 10 feet behind him in awe of the power and precision. I swear I could still hear the ball cutting through the Tempe wind even when it was hundreds of yards away.

If you have never heard of Jon Rahm, you really should take some time and Google him. In what can be described as a "down" year in ASU athletics -- with the football and basketball teams each finishing below .500 -- Rahm is the shining light of the 2015-2016 athletic year.

When he finishes his ASU career next month, he will leave Tempe as one of the most accomplished athletes in school history.

A native of Spain, Rahm with finish his ASU career with at least 10 tournament wins (he still has the NCAA postseason left), joining Phil Mickelson as the only Sun Devil to accomplish that feat of the course of his career. He won the 2016 Pac-12 Championship and has finished top-10 in 24 of his last 26 tournaments.

Rahm is rated as the No. 1 amateur golfer in the world by World Golf Amateur Ranking and despite still being in college he already has some professional experience. After receiving a sponsorship exemption to play in the 2015 Waste Management Open, he finished tied for fifth. It was the best finish by an amateur since 2008.

It might be easier for me to just show you his career accolades rather than tell you (via ASU athletics).

So, it is safe to say Rahm will go down as the best ASU golfer since Phil Mickelson, last time I checked that guy turned out pretty well. He also posted a better collegiate career than Paul Casey, another pretty good pro.

However, the icing in the cake came Monday when it was announced that Rahm had won the 2016 Ben Hogan Award, given to the best collegiate golfer. Rahm, who also won the award in 2015, became the first two-time recipient of college golf's Heisman Trophy.

Just a friendly reminder that both Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods both golfed in college before their outstanding pro careers (although Spieth did leave midway through his sophomore season).

Rahm will go down as the most accomplished ASU golfer of all time and one of the best to ever swing a club at the collegiate level.

His pro career will begin sooner rather than later as he has already been invited to both the British and US Open.

So, remember the name Jon Rahm. Because, one of these days you will probably be watching golf on NBC, CBS or ESPN and you will hear the name.

He will most likely be on top of, or near the top of the leaderboard because, well that's where he has always been.