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Blandin raves about weekend visit

Josiah Blandin and his four Long Beach (Calif.) Poly teammates who are also committed to Arizona State visited there this past weekend and the three-star wide receiver loved it so much that he said his recruitment is over.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect predicted almost all the Poly guys will end up with the Sun Devils, too, as signing day gets closer. Blandin believes only one is questionable at this point.
"I couldn't ask for anything better," Blandin said. "It was probably the best visit ever. Everything went great. We all just had fun. The new coaching staff is wonderful. They really bring a new character and attitude to the team and they really want to win. I want to be part of something new and something good. It turned into a great situation.
"The new staff is there for you a lot more. Whatever you need they're right there for you no matter what. Coach (Todd) Graham has a wonderful attitude toward winning. He did say he'd be hard on us but for the good. He wants to win and bring out a great character development of all the players."
Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State and others have been showing interest in Blandin but the Long Beach Poly standout said he's going to sign with Arizona State. All but one teammate has pretty much decided on the Sun Devils as well, Blandin said.
"I'm done," Blandin said. "That's where I'm going.
"So far I think Rick (Smith) is set, (Matthew) Rowe is set, Salamo (Fiso) could be set, too. The only one who's questionable is Randall (Goforth) because he has UCLA and Washington in the picture but he really enjoyed his visit. This visit helped ASU get back on the top of the list."
Blandin, rated as the No. 89 wide receiver in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, said getting out to Arizona State with those four teammates was special. It helped him get a feel for what college life would be like if they all end up in Tempe.
"It was great going together," Blandin said. "We all went out and we went everywhere together. We felt right at home. We knew a lot of the teammates and I met a couple new guys and I felt they were a part of my brotherhood."