April 16, 2008

Sabercat teammates have ASU on top

Arizona State's Junior Day on April 5th saw the Sun Devils host many of the top prospects in the the state. There were seven players from the two-time defending champion Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro Sabercats in attendance, including defensive end Justin Jungblut and offensive lineman Kody Koebensky.

"Junior Day was great; ASU is at the top of my list right now," Jungblut said. "I loved how they showed us around the school and how they went in depth about the activities for the student athletes and how much they do to help us to get our diplomas."

"I loved it," Koebensky said. "It's my new favorite school. I was very impressed. I went to UA's and ASU's and I was highly impressed by ASU's facilities. Everything was the best I've ever seen."

Coming from a successful program with a number of talented recruits might cause some to speculate whether any of the Sabercats are planning on taking their winning ways to the same program in 2009.

"There are six of seven of us that are big prospects this year, if some of us were able to go to the same school that would be absolutely great but it is not something that we are going to be basing our decisions on," Jungblut said. "It would be amazing to get to play with Corey (Adams), Beau (Burton), Cody and any of the other guys but it is not something that I will be making my decision on."

Jungblut reports his top five as consisting of ASU, Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State and UNLV.

"I have gotten some letters from ASU and I have been able to talk to Coach Stretz in person," Jungblut said. "Colorado emails me about every week; they really want me to come to their camp."

Jungblut took part in the Nike Camp at Long Beach last month and had an impressive showing. He clocked top times for linemen in the 40 yard dash with a time 5 seconds flat and in the shuttle with a time of 4.4 seconds. Coming off of that performance he has noticed an upswing in his recruitment.

"I have started hearing from NAU; they have invited me to their Junior Day," Jungblut said. "Oregon State has really started to recruit me more and more. I have received a few hand-written letters and I have been talking to Coach Cavanaugh about once a week. I have also been talking to Coach Huff at Boise State about once a week too."

While still not holding any offers Jungblut will have some tough decisions to make over the next few weeks.

"I am going to have to make some choices in regards to which camps I am going to attend because in the first three weeks of June all of the schools in my top five are holding their camps," Jungblut said. "I am going to have some decisions to make. I am not sure right now I still need to figure it out."

Koebensky, who measured 6-foot-3, 277 pounds at a Rivals.com Five Star Academy event earlier this month, may have a similar problem on his hands. He's interested in camping at Arizona, ASU, Boise State, Oregon State and San Diego State, all of which are providing recruiting interest.

But Koebensky admitted, after visiting ASU, his recruiting could end prematurely if he was given a scholarship offer.

"It would impact it highly," Koebensky said. "I really like the program right now. I would strongly consider committing."

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