Posted by Bryan Fischer
A big win over USC for the first time in over a decade paid off on the recruiting trail for Arizona State. The Sun Devils added two commitments to their class of 2012 in Phoenix (Ariz.) defensive back Jamar Allah and Brentwood (Tenn.) wide receiver Al Thompson after each was in attendance to see the big win in Tempe.
"Going into the trip, my dad was saying, 'Okay, we're going to take our time, see what they have to say and then come home and discuss it,'" Thompson told ASUDevils.com. "But then when we were there it was like he almost switched roles on me. He was loving it and said, 'If you're ready, go ahead on and do it.' So that was pretty funny."
It's rare for Arizona State to stray too far from their typical recruiting areas of Arizona and California but they felt strongly enough to extend the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Thompson his only BCS scholarship offer. He'll join local recruit Allah, who Dennis Erickson recruited as a cornerback and held offers from Colorado and Wyoming among others.
"Everyone else wanted me at safety but they want me as a corner which is a big blessing," Allah told the site. "They said they see me as a bigger corner who can run and that's rare to find. They have had some corners go down with injuries and don't have lot of depth there right now so it's an opportunity to hopefully come in and get a chance to show I can play early."
The pair gives ASU 24 commitments for the upcoming signing period, most in the Pac-12. So far this season, Thompson has five touchdowns in five games while Allah is hoping to improve on his 54 tackles and one interception he recorded his junior year.