June 6, 2008

Najvar plans ASU visit

Since the departure of All-American Zach Miller after the 2005 season Arizona State has been looking for a tight end to come in an be a productive player in both the running game and passing game. Jordan Najvar from Klein (Tex.) Oak High School is one of the prospects that the Sun Devils looking at to come in and provide that type of impact.

Najvar already has reported offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Houston, Kansas, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Southern Miss, Stanford, Texas A&M and Virginia.

"I planned on making an early decision on where I was going to visit but my coaches keep telling me that more and more and more keep calling almost every day and I should expect more offers." Najvar said.

At 6-foot-6, 235-pounds along with a reported time 4.59 seconds in the 40 yard dash, Najvar appears to have the physical makeup to make an impact as a receiver and a blocker.

"With my size and speed I make for a big target; receiving and running with the ball after the catch are the things that I do best. I have been working on my blocking and I think that now that my blocking has gotten a lot better," Najvar said. "We run the spread so I line up in the slot, wide receiver and even in the backfield. There were even times that I lined up on defense last year. I don't consider myself to be a one dimensional player anymore."

Oak is one of the better programs in Texas so it should not come as a surprise that Najvar is one of many college prospects on the team.

"We are looking pretty good, we already have six players that have offers from big schools and we are returning 15 starters," Najvar said. "We just finished spring training and every thing went good right now I am getting ready for summer workouts."

A first-team all district and all-region performer Najvar is looking for bigger and better things in the 2008 season for him and his team.

"Next year I want to have 40 catches and over 600 yards receiving," Najvar said. "More importantly our team goal is to have more than 10 wins and to advance further than last year and hopefully all the way to the finals."

Najvar has made some unofficial visits already but has not made any plans to attend any camps this summer.

"I went to junior days at Georgia and Houston," Najvar said. "I was also able to visit Arizona and Oklahoma. I also went with a few friends to Texas Tech who are being recruited by them. I don't have any plans for summer camps right now for camps but I do know that I am going to visit Arizona State in July when the coaches and players are back so that I can get a better feel for everything there."

With all of the interest Najvar is gathering it has caused him to reevaluate his timetable for making a college decision.

"The plan now is that I am going to look at all of the offers that I have in about two weeks or so. From there I am going to assume those are my college options and I will then makes some decisions after that," Najvar said. "Originally I wanted to be one of the recruits that decided early on but now I plan on deciding right before my season starts but if I am not 100% I will carry it into the season and take my official visits."

Najvar will consider several different factors when it comes time for him to make his choice.

"First off all I want the academic side; I want the schools to have my major, business management. Secondly I want to play in a BCS conference. I also want to try to play in Pac-10, SEC or the Big 12," Najvar said. "I really want to play somewhere in the southern United States because hot weather doesn't bother me at all and I have lived in it all of my life. Those things combined with winning program that has a family atmosphere. I want a place that I will feel like home for the next four or five years."

Arizona State will continue to be a program that Najvar will seriously consider.

"Coach Bray is recruiting me and from what I hear basically it's a fun school and they are all about football," Najvar said. "It has the college life that I am looking for. I know that some schools have a few thousand students and it's not really a college life but ASU is right there by Scottsdale, which I hear is beautiful and its right next to Phoenix. From everyone I talked to about it I have heard nothing but good things."

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