January 20, 2008

Germany commits

What increasingly looked to be a foregone conclusion became reality on Sunday as Eugene Germany confirmed following his official visit to Arizona State that he had indeed given the program a verbal commitment.

Germany, a 6-foot-3, 275 pound defensive end out of Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif., is expected to sign a Letter of Intent with ASU on Feb. 6 and play his final two seasons of eligibility in Tempe.

"Yep, I'm excited to be a Sun Devil," Germany said. "It was a good trip and I felt comfortable with everything. I'm going to just work on school and try to be ready to go when I get there."

Though he had a previously scheduled visit to Marshall planned, Germany said he is done taking trips.

"ASU was nice. I liked the campus and everything, especially the weight room. They had that track inside which was pretty cool. Coach Erickson just talked to me about this chance I have here and I'm taking it real seriously."

Germany is no stranger to the recruiting process. He originally signed with USC in 2004 out of Pomona, Calif, as the No. 86 ranked overall recruit in the national class, but never enrolled at the school due to an NCAA Clearinghouse certification delay.

A year later Germany signed with Michigan, where he redshirted in 2005 and played in eight games in 2006 before transferring to Mt. San Antonio.

After academic issues delayed his first Division I stint, and off-field troubles, including a Feb. 2007 citation for marijuana possession ended his second chance prematurely, he is happy just to have another opportunity.

"I grew up," Germany said in an interview last week. "That's really what it is. I just grew up. I matured. The past is the past and I'm looking forward to just stepping forward now."

In his one season at Mt. San Antonio, Germany did just that. He helped lead the Mounties to its first berth in the California Community College championship game since 1970 and earned Region IV all-state first-team honors after racking up 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.

"We lost in the championship game by three but it was a good experience," Germany said. "We had a good season."

Germany, who was the No. 2 strongside end in the nation by Rivals.com, is considered to be a "swing" recruit, because of his ability to play either end or tackle.

"I just want to go there and do the best that I can do," Germany said. "I want to show everyone the type of player that I can be."

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