Arizona State commit Josiah Blandin and all his Long Beach (Calif.) Poly teammates who have also pledged to the Sun Devils didn't make it to the game against USC two weekends ago not because they didn't want to be there but they were coming off a tough loss to Mission Viejo, Calif.
Even on Saturday morning, Blandin said he was still considering the trip to Tempe but then came to the realization that he just needed to take a breather.
"We all decided not to go," Blandin said. "We were just overwhelmed from the loss.
"We had opportunities but couldn't really do anything in the game. When we looked at the film on Saturday we were really disappointed because we had a great chance to win that game.
"We're going into our league so it's not that high of competition. We have to get better every week, pick up some wins and get ready for the playoffs."
A big senior season is still expected out of Blandin and Long Beach Poly, which opened the campaign with wins over Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, Carson, Calif., and Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne.
Blandin, who committed to the Sun Devils in early April, said it was tough missing the Arizona State-USC game but he didn't feel like traveling after such a difficult outcome the night before.
"It was like 50/50," Blandin said.
"I really wanted to go but then again I really needed time to take a day off. I watched it and it was a good game. It was good in the beginning at least and then they started blowing them out. I expected them to win but not by that much."
Even though Blandin still considers himself firmly committed to Arizona State - he said after the Harbor City Narbonne game a few weeks ago that he was 95 percent committed - the three-star receiver still wants to take visits.
Nothing has been scheduled yet but Blandin still intends to take official trips to Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona State, where four other Long Beach Poly players are committed.
Rivals.com rates Blandin, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect, as the No. 86 receiver in the 2012 class and No. 69 in the California state rankings.