May 19, 2008

Sun Devils offer top junior college defensive tackle

Arizona State joined elite company on Sunday when they made an offer to one of the top junior college defensive tackle prospects in the nation for the class of 2009. The Sun Devils joined Oregon, Tennessee and Utah with early offers and the Trojans from USC may not be far behind.

Mt. San Antonio College defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo is an eye-popping sight for scouts and his measurables are off the charts. On Sunday, he learned in a phone conversation with ASU coaches that they were extending a scholarship.

"ASU offered on Sunday," Fangupo said. "The d-tackle they recruited at Santa Ana (Spencer Gasu) is a good friend of mine and they asked if I would like to come and play with him. They said they were offering."

Fangupo is 6-foot-2, 330 pounds and was a First Team All Mission Conference selection for the Mounties in 2007 when he finished with 21 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two sacks in eight games.

Fangupo recently said the ultimate decision on where he would play in the future is up to his mother, but says ASU has a lot to offer.

"ASU is a good school," Fangupo said. "I watched them last year. I like their offensive linemen and I would like to compete against them every day. I would like to play with my friend. We grew up together."

Fangupo graduated from Century High School (Calif.) in 2004 and served a two-year Mormon mission in the Philippines before heading to Mt. SAC in 2007. He hopes to transfer in January with three years left to play two years of football at the school of his choice.

Fangupo has had multiple conversations with USC in recent weeks and the Trojans appear to be very interested. They were out to visit him again last week at practice and said they would catch up with him again next week. Fangupo has also had conversations in recent weeks with Missouri and Arizona.

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