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Blandin watching ASU closely

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Josiah Blandin said he's watching the situation at Arizona State closely and he hopes the reports aren't true that coach Dennis Erickson will not return next season.
"A few weeks ago people were telling me because of the past two games he was going to get fired but I didn't see it," Blandin said. "I hope he doesn't because he's a really good guy."
Not playing for Erickson would be a hit for Blandin, a three-star wide receiver, but the 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect said he probably wouldn't de-commit solely based on the decision to switch coaches.
Blandin is one of five Long Beach (Calif.) Poly players committed to the Sun Devils. The others are wide receiver Richard Smith, cornerback Randall Goforth and linebackers Matthew Rowe and Salamo Fiso.
Long Beach Poly's season ended Friday night with a 49-16 loss to Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita in the playoffs.
"I'm concerned because they've lost four straight," Blandin said of Arizona State. "I really hope he doesn't lose his job because he's honestly a great coach to me."
Since the situation is still unfolding, Blandin said he's sticking with his commitment but will keep a close watch on what happens next.
"I'm going to stick with ASU because of the school," he said. "It's not just Erickson. He's great and the whole coaching staff is great but so is the team.
"I'm going to put some (blame) on the team, too, because at the beginning of the year they were playing up to their potential but then everything went downhill."
Throughout his recruitment, Blandin said he planned to take other visits and with the situation at Arizona State unsettled there might be no better time.
He is looking at trips to Oregon State and Nevada and also considering trips to Colorado and Hawaii. An official visit to Arizona State will be last, Blandin said.
Rivals.com rates Blandin No. 86 at wide receiver in the 2012 class and No. 69 in the California state rankings. He committed to the Sun Devils in early April after his junior day visit.
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