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April 6, 2011

Recent NIKE receiver MVP Goforth picks ASU

Recent Los Angeles NIKE Camp wide receiver Randall Goforth committed to Arizona State Wednesday, joining teammate and fellow receiver Josiah Blandin, who committed to the program Monday.

"I talked it over with my parents and coaches some more and just decided it was the right time for me to go ahead and commit," Goforth said. "After visiting Arizona State, I loved it but didn't want to do anything too quick so I just came home and talked it over for a few days.

"Josiah was the first to commit and now I decided I was ready and I wouldn't be surprised if a few more of my teammates call ASU and also commit in the next week or so. We are all talking about building a dynasty together at Arizona State."

Blandin is referring to fellow wide receiver Richard Smith and linebackers Salamo Fiso and Matthew Rowe. All five players visited Tempe for ASU's Junior Day on Saturday and have offers from the school.

Goforth, 5-foot-10, 161 pounds, said he'll likely play in the slot at ASU, while Blandin, at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, is an outside receiver.

"When I was there Saturday, my recruiter (Steve) Broussard, who coaches the outside receivers, was showing me some of the plays and telling me what positions were open," Goforth said. "He was basically saying I could come in and compete that freshman year because they have five seniors who are leaving.

"It's a very good situation because it's close to home and a lot like home, there are a lot of California players on the roster and I can play with friends of mine who are my teammates. I like the way their offense is, how they throw the ball a lot and use their receivers."

The receiver position was loaded at Sunday's NIKE Camp with a collection of Rivals250 Watch List recruits, but it was Goforth who took home MVP honors at the position.

"It was a lot of top competition out there, all the top recruits on the west coast," he said. "My main goal was just to go out there and compete, run through all my drills and everything really hard and just showcase my talents to the scouts and everything out here and I guess it paid off.

"The 1-on-1s is where I think I did best. That's where I was able to work on my skills, my routes, my catching. I think that's where I shined the most and was the most explosive."

Goforth said he's received a lot of attention since the weekend, and Cal, UCLA and Washington are among the schools who have been in regular contact. Even though he said his performance will likely lead to more offers -- ASU and NAU are his only two at this point -- Goforth said he's confident ASU is where he'll end up.

"It didn't really matter to me," Goforth said. "I knew I wanted to commit so when you're ready to do that why wait."

Last season, Goforth had 14 catches for 245 yards and one touchdown.

"I would like to see myself as a DeSeaon Jackson type but I have a lot of work to get to there," Goforth said. "I see myself as an illusionist. I like to make the defense think I'm doing one thing but really I'm doing another. Those are my strengths on the field."


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