May 27, 2008

Hall brings out of state recruit on visit to ASU

One of Arizona's top prospects, four-star Tucson Palo Verde Magnet star Adam Hall, visited Arizona State unofficially on Sunday, and he brought with him an out-of-state 2009 recruit who happens to have double digit offers.

That recruit, Camden (N.J.) wide receiver Tyree Watkins, is a close friend and relative of Hall's. Watkins' grandmother is Hall's aunt.

"We've talked a little bit about the possibility of playing together in college and ASU is one of the schools I'm strongly considering and he was interested in the school too," Hall said. "He wanted to see ASU so we went up there and we met with coach Erickson on Sunday.

"I've already been there and talked to coach and I really like it and after we went, Ty was just saying the same thing. He really liked it up there."

Watkins, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, had 70 catches for 989 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He also had 32 tackles, five interceptions, five sacks and five pass breakups on the year.

Most schools are recruiting Watkins to play receiver. He reported 10 scholarship offers, including Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford and Virginia, with Stanford coming most recently.

After visiting ASU, it is a school that will be strongly under consideration, Watkins said.

"The campus was nice," he said. "The stadium was nice. They're rebuilding the locker room and I liked what I saw there. They got a nice weight room and a nice facility. I haven't really seen anything like it.

"Coach Erickson said he was impressed with my size and everything and he said just to send them the highlight tape and they were looking forward to checking it out."

Hall, the nation's No. 29 athlete and a top five prospect in Arizona, and Watkins are being diligent about the recruiting process.

"Everything is going really good for me and I'm enjoying the process and taking my time with it," the 6-foor-4, 195 pound Hall said. "I'm just working hard and trying to put myself in the best position to capitalize on the opportunity available to me."

"Right now I don't have a favorite but as soon as I get back to New Jersey I'm going to talk to my coach," Watkins said. "In July I want to come back to the west coast and take some more unofficial visits and then in August I want to cut my list to like five schools and go from there."

Hall and his Palo Verde teammates will be in action this weekend at a 45-team passing league tournament at Canyon Del Oro High School in the Tucson area.

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