Arizona State has some nice recruiting momentum right now, and landed commitments from three offensive linemen on Monday. The latest lineman to jump on board was tackle Mason Walter who chose the Sun Devils over Oregon.
"I knew from the time I visited that I was going to be a Sun Devil," Walter said. "I visited over Spring Break and loved it there, I could really see myself there from that point on.
"It was really the coaches and what the program is all about. I connected well with all of them and especially Coach Thomsen, who was my primary recruiter. I knew I wanted to commit early, before the school year got here and the timing just felt right to do it now."
Walter is a very intriguing prospect with a nice upside to him. As a freshman, he was a skinny 6-2, 160 pound but put a ton of work in the weight room and kept getting bigger and stronger.
At last year's NIKE Camp, he measured in at 6-4, 234 pounds and came in this year at 6-5, 275 pounds. He has the frame to add even more weight without losing any of his athleticism. He has the ability to play either tackle spot and the strength and toughness to even move to guard if necessary.
"He's an athletic kid with a ton of upside," Chaparral OL coach Andrew Ramer said. "I think he's a natural left tackle and he keeps improving and getting better every day. I think in two to three years, he will be a huge factor in helping ASU compete for championships.
"He's still young too, he just turned 17 so he has a ton of growth potential left in him. Our head coach does a great job with the players with nutrition and strength training. We told Mason this could happen for him if he followed the plan and that's exactly what he did."