November 19, 2008

ASU leading for Trufant

Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson cornerback Desmond Trufant was one of official visitors on hand as Arizona State defeated Washington State last weekend. A three-star prospect, Trufant is the 6th ranked player at any position in Washington according to Rivals.com.

As a junior, Trufant earned first-team all-league honors as a defensive back and Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Tacoma Weekly.

A well-rounded athlete. Trufant is a three sport standout who was named second-team all-league in basketball as a junior. He is also being recruited for track because of his skills in the long, triple and high jump.

Trufant is undecided if he will compete in track in college.

As a senior, Trufant starred on offense as a running back as well as on defense for Wilson, and it is at cornerback where he projects to make the biggest impact at in college. It should come as no surprise considering his brother Marcus, attended Washington State University, where he earned first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team Associated Press All-American honors his senior season.

The Seattle Seahawks drafted Marcus with the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and since then has become a Pro-Bowl cornerback for the Seahawks.

Trufant's other brother, Isaiah, played collegiate ball at Eastern Washington University, earning first-team All-Big Sky honors his junior and senior seasons.

Isaiah now plays for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

Trufant was hosted by a trio of Sun Devils on his official visit. The 5-foot-11, 170 pounder enjoyed the visit and came away with a better feel for the campus and the program.

"The visit went real well," Trufant said. "It was my first time down in Arizona. I really liked it down there. I was hosted by a whole bunch of guys, it was cool. I was hosted by two freshmen, Shelly (Lyons) and Brandon (Magee). They both are playing as freshmen. My other host was Omar (Bolden) who started as a true freshman at corner.

"I got to a tour of the campus. We got to see the dorm rooms and some of the facilities. We got to see the area around there too. I got to talk to the coaches. Coach (Gregg) Smith is recruiting me, he recruits the Washington area. I also like Coach (Greg) Burns, the cornerbacks coach; he played at Washington State like my brother. I also got to talk to Coach (Dennis) Erickson one-on-one for a little bit."

Trufant also has discussed Arizona State and the Phoenix area with his brother Isaiah who plays for the Arizona Rattlers.

"He told me that it is a real nice area," Trufant said. "He said that it can get hot but that [Tempe] is a nice little city."

Trufant reported a 3.0 core GPA and a 1200 SAT and 20 ACT. He also said that he can bench-press 260-pounds and squat 380 pounds. Trufant has a 37-inch vertical jump and runs a 4.5 forty.

Right now Trufant doesn't plan on making a decision until after he has taken some more official visits. However he said thought about making a decision during his visit to ASU.

"I thought about committing," Trufant said. "I still think I might want to take some more trips. Maybe take ones to Oregon and Colorado. It depends on who calls me to visit. Maybe I won't take any, I really liked ASU. It was a lot fun down there. You could say that ASU is my leader right now, because they are the only school that I have visited so far and that fact that I really liked it."


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