March 17, 2008

Jungblut among top end prospects in Arizona

One of the reasons Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro won its second straight state championship this past year was it's defensive line, which was considered by many to be the state's best. Despite being a backup for the Sabercats, defensive end Justin Jungblut still caught the attention of college recruiters.

Jungblut totaled 38 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles last season and now he is preparing to showcase his abilities in 2008 as a starter.

Jungblut has been working hard this off season in preparation to help Saguaro capture its third straight state championship.

"We are starting up in the last weekend in April," Jungblut said. "We have got a lot a guys back. Myself, Corey (Adams), Kody (Koebensky), Beau (Burton). We will be good to go for a three-peat this year."

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end has already started hearing from a few schools.

"I have been getting letters from ASU, Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State and UNLV," Jungblut said. "I have talked to Coach Bernardi from UNLV, Coach Hull from Oregon State and some of the Colorado coaches."

Jungblut. who already attended UNLV's junior day, has a busy off season schedule. He participated in the NIKE Combine at Long Beach last weekend and has received an invite to the NIKE training camp, with plans to attend at Palo Alto.

"I have been invited to Oregon State's elite camp, Arizona's elite camp as well as ASU's camp," Jungblut said. "I also have been invited to Colorado's padded camp and Boise State's padded camp."

Growing up as a fan of Arizona State and Colorado it should be no surprise that those schools are at the top of Jungblut's list.

"My top three are ASU, Colorado and Oregon State," he said. "Those are the schools that have been showing the most interest," he said.

Playing for a winning program at Saguaro has shown Jungblut what he wants in a college program.

"I am looking for a winning tradition and to be part of a big football family. That's a big deal to me," he said. "We are so close at Saguaro and that's why we are so successful as well. We confide in each other and trust each so that's really what I am looking for."

Jungblut has set 100 tackles and 10 sacks as his individual goals for his first season as a starter. He also has set a goal to play early at the next level.

"I want to play early, I don't want to go to a college and sit. I will have aspirations to start probably by my sophomore year and definitely by my junior year," he said. "Level of competition is also important. It's my goal to play D1 football."

Despite having early favorites Jungblut is in no hurry to make a commitment.

"I will take all of my visits and give all of the colleges and equal opportunity," he said.

The 2007 season the Sun Devils had under Coach Dennis Erickson made an impression on Jungblut.

"ASU is a top school for me. They had a great season this past year," he said. "I really like Coach Erickson and what he brings to game and what he brought to ASU this year. It's why they were so successful and they are a top program for me right now."

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