At the moment, it's really that simple. And simple is rare in modern recruiting. The Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) Community College prospect isn't shy about discussing the Sun Devils' place at the top of his list, either.
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He only holds five offers to this point, so things could change should the right opportunity arise. At least for now, though, Pearson has his preference.
"Arizona State is my favorite," Pearson said. "It's the biggest school. Then, I'd have to say Texas State."
After viewing Pearson's list of offers, it's easy to assume the reasons for ASU's favorable standing. Todd Graham's program is the only BCS-level offer Pearson has received to date. And when you compare the Sun Devils with his other offers - New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State and Texas State - it's clear that one of them is not like the others.
"I like that Arizona State is in the Pac 12 and they're a good football team," he said. "They have a great campus, from what I've heard. It's a good environment. That's probably it."
There's a reason Pearson is slow-playing his recruitment, though. He sees ASU as his best option as things stand now. But at the same time, he wants to see what happens with the schools on the periphery of his recruitment before he rushes into a commitment. He's hoping other programs extend scholarship offers during the season.
"I'll probably wait this season to see if other offers come and decide after the season," Pearson said. "If I'm guessing at new offers, I'd say Boise State and UTSA will offer soon."
Pearson says he's in the process of setting up visits to Arizona State and Texas State but has not nailed down dates for those trips. Pearson is up front about his situation. The factors that will drive his decision are is simple as his current situation.
"It's just about whoever wants me the most and which school I'll be getting playing time at," Pearson said.
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