January 14, 2009

Finkenberg likes ASU

Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Tesoro offensive tackle Evan Finkenberg is one fastest rising recruits in the west. Finkenberg was a tight end until the fall when his coaches asked him to make the switch to tackle because the position had been hit hard by injury.

The move worked out very well. Tesoro finished the year 13-1 and lost in the CIF-SS Pac-5 championship game. For his play, Finkenberg was named first-team all-CIF, first-team all-Orange County and first-team all-league.

"Our season went really well," Finkenberg said. "It was amazing how our team came together and went to the championship game. It would have been nice to win. We just had a great group of guys and it was really a special season.

"I think I did really well at left tackle considering I switched over from what was basically a slot receiver spot. I actually think my old position helped me with my footwork and to get off the ball quickly."

Finkenberg reports an offer from Washington State, where he took his only official visit to date. That visit took place when the school played Washington. Several other schools from the region have begun to show heavy interest in Finkenberg. One of those schools is Arizona State.

"Recruiting has been going good so far," Finkenberg said. "I am excited to be going out to ASU this weekend to meet the rest of the coaches, talk to the players and get to check out the football facilities.

"Coach (Gregg) Smith, the o-line coach, is recruiting me for them. I saw him out at my school last week. I had been getting a lot of the generic recruiting letters throughout the season from ASU and other schools. Coach said that they watched my film towards the end of the season and he told me that they really like what they saw from me. I actually went out to ASU over the summer with my family. Just to check out the school, the academics and the dorms. I really liked it a lot out there"

Tesoro head coach Brian Barnes, brother of Arizona State walk-on Jimmy Barnes, previously gave Rivals.com the scouting report on Finkenberg

"Everybody who has come through here says wow when they see Evan," Barnes said. "He is very athletic, has great feet and has the frame to carry another 50 pounds without losing a step.

"Every week, Evan is getting better as he becomes more comfortable playing the position," Barnes said. "He projects as a big time offensive tackle and has a lot of good football ahead of him. He just needs a good off-season working on technique. He had to learn the position on the fly this season and once he's in college he's only going to get better."

"It was kind of hard to get a lot of attention since a lot of the schools didn't really know who I even was until the end of the season," Finkenberg said. "Tennessee also has come out to see me at my school. I also have been talking to Colorado. My coach told me that Cal and Oregon State have also been looking at me. I am guessing besides ASU I might still visit Colorado. I really don't have any favorites. I want to keep it open right now and see what happens on my visits."

The 6-foot-6 255 pounder reports a bench max of 310 pounds and a squat max of 405 pounds. Finkenberg has a self reported grade-point average of 3.4 and ACT score of 26. He plans on majoring in business management.

Finkenberg is also a standout on the baseball diamond as a pitcher for Tesoro and has been getting D-1 looks.

He plans on keeping his options open for the time being but has a good idea of what will be important for him on his official visits.

"When I go on my visits the big thing will be meeting and talking to the coaches," Finkenberg said. "I want to get feel for the program. Check out the players that are in front of me. Overall really I just want to get a feel for everything. I don't have a time table. I think I am going to wait and see how things go before I make a commitment."

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