When recruiting his teammate Devan Spann, Sean Bacon also caught the eye of the ASU coaches.…
Sean Bacon, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound three-star defensive end from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., had a very big weekend as his team won the CIF Division III state championship. The Cavaliers finished the year with a perfect 15-0 record. Bacon, ranked as the No. 94 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, finished his senior season with 121 tackles and 18 sacks. Although his only offer is from Washington State, he is receiving attention from plenty of other schools as well. In fact, Bacon already took an official visit to Arizona State on Dec. 11. "It was great," Bacon said about the Sun Devils. "I had a lot of fun there. Everything is real clean and it's all right there in one area. It really has everything you need and it's not all spread apart." Bacon says he was most impressed by the Sun Devils' weight room. "I really like working out and I loved that weight room," he said. "It was a mouth-dropping moment for me when I walked in there. They have machines that I've never even seen before." So does he think the Sun Devils are close to offering? "I'm not sure," Bacon said. "I don't really know what's going on. They said they'd be upfront with me and I should know this week if they're going to offer or not." Bacon will also be visiting the Sun Devils in-state rival, Arizona, on Jan. 22. "Arizona is a really good school," he said. "They seem to stress getting an education and graduating. "But they also send a lot of guys into the NFL," he said. "They have good coaches and develop their players." Bacon will also be visiting Washington State on Jan. 15. "They've been on me really," he said about the Cougars. "They offered me about three weeks ago and they haven't let up. "I like the team they have," he said. "Even though they've really struggled it seems like they're coming up." The Cougars already have two players from Serra High School on their roster – freshman cornerback Anthony Carpenter and freshman running back Carl Winston. "I've talked to them a bit and they said that knowing me, they think I'd really like it there," he said. "They think I'd really like the environment and that it would be a good fit for me." Bacon says that Washington State now leads slightly over Miami, Arizona State, Arizona and Iowa State. Growing up, he followed Miami and says that the Canes have just recently started recruiting him. "They just got into the mix," he said. "They were at one of my games recently and said they'd be coming by my school in January. They also asked for my highlight tape." Despite growing up following the Canes, Bacon says he wouldn't commit right away if they offered. "I wouldn't commit right away to anybody," he said. "I really want to take some more visits before I commit. You really can't judge a school well until you've been there." He says he has no timeframe for making a decision. During the summer Bacon camped at UCLA and USC but says neither Los Angeles program is recruiting him. "The only California school that was recruiting me was San Diego State, but they stopped," he said. "I think they filled their spot. "San Jose State has started sending me some stuff," he said. "But that's about it for the in-state schools." Bacon says he can bench 290-pounds, squat 355 and has a 30-inch vertical jump. "I have great speed and I use it well," he said. "I study the offensive lineman's moves when I'm playing and use that to my advantage. I play smart. "But I want to work on staying low," he said. "I also want to use my strength better when taking on double teams. I'm pretty strong, so I could probably be more effective with that." Bacon plans on majoring in psychology and reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 1300 three-part SAT, which he plans on retaking in January.
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