December 16, 2007

Njunge pledges ASU

As expected, Pasadena (Calif.) City College offensive tackle Tom Njunge committed to Arizona State while on his official visit to the school over the weekend. Njunge, a 6-foot-5, 285 pound junior college teammate of fellow ASU pledge Terell Carr, will sign a Letter of Intent with the Sun Devils later this week as a mid-year transfer and enroll at the school for the spring semester.

"I wasn't looking for any big thing to hit me before knowing that I wanted to go there," Njunge said. "I already knew a lot about the school and thought it would be a good trip and it was. I liked school and coaching staff and I committed."

Njunge, recruited to ASU by safeties coach Matt Lubick, was initially a Boise State commit, but he felt he rushed the decision and decided to look around a bit longer. In the end, he selected the Sun Devils over Boise State and Kansas State.

On his visit, Njunge was hosted by safety Rodney Cox. He took a tour of the school's facilities and was able to spend time with players and go to the team's big basketball win over No. 17 Xavier.

"It was pretty cool," Njunge said of the trip. I'm used to playing with all different kinds of people and they treated me well so I don't think they're going to treat me different when I get there.

"I was talking to the offensive line coach (Gregg Smith) and he just told me that they need help on the line with guys that are graduating, and that I would have a chance at starting at the start of the season. We watched some film, he showed me the offense and how they're going to run the ball."

Njunge said that he committed to coach Dennis Erickson in a relaxed conversation.

"I'm excited," he said. "I get to play for Coach Erickson and ASU and that will be pretty cool. He was happy. He was just cool man. He said it's a good choice. It'll help me get better. It was casual."

Njunge said he will sign his Letter of Intent this week, but is unsure if he has any special plans for the day as yet.

"I haven't talked to my family about it," he said. "My mom was happy about ASU. She liked the distance, that it's not far. She liked that it's not too cool there. She was excited."

The Sun Devils are expected to sign as many as 25 recruits in the class. Njunge is the 15th commitment in the cycle.

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