In a meeting with the local media almost two weeks ago, ASU’s Director of Player Personnel Al Luginbill said that in 3-5 years, 80 percent of ASU’s could be made up of kids from just Arizona and California.
This week, the Devils have put that plan into action.
Just a day after getting three-star quarterback Joey Yellen out of Mission Viejo High School in California to commit, Herm Edwards and Co. got their first in-state commitment.
Offensive lineman Roman DeWys announced Monday his intentions to stay in Arizona and play for the Maroon and Gold.
DeWys is rated as a three-star offensive lineman by 247Sports. And as a junior at Basha high school in Chandler, most of his snaps came at the tackle position. DeWys had no other offers, according to 247Sports — but his age may have played a part in that.
According to Sun Devil Source, DeWys “skipped a grade early in school and won’t turn 17 until after his senior season at Basha.”
Regardless of his age, though, DeWys has the size that Luginbill said ASU is looking for.
DeWys, too, has competed in three sports during his time at Basha. As a part of their track and field team, he competes in the shot put and discus events, according to Maxpreps.com. And according to Arizona-wrestling.com, DeWys competed as a heavyweight on Basha’s wrestling team.
The Chandler native attended ASU’s Maroon and Gold Camp at the beginning of June, placing second in the big man competitions on June 2 and finishing fourth on June 6, according to his twitter account.
The 16-year old was then offered by ASU on June 7, posting a thank you to the Devils’ coaches later for “making my dream a reality!”
Extremely blessed and excited to have received a full ride from my dream school @FootballASU @HermEdwards @Koach_C @CharlieRenfree thank you for making my dream a reality! ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/FE6G1VONz5— Roman DeWys (@RomanDeWys) June 8, 2018
Just one week after having no 2019 commits, ASU has gotten key commitments to get their class back on track. In addition to DeWys and Yellen’s announcements, three-star quarterback Ethan Long, from West Linn, Oregon, committed to ASU last Monday.
Here, though, are DeWys’ highlights as a 15-year old junior: