Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro offensive tackle Kody Innes was one of a few select players in state to receive an early scholarship offer from Arizona State. Since the offer in the winter, Innes hasn't hid his affection for the Sun Devils.
Now that he's into the spring evaluation process, has that love for ASU changed?
"Yeah, definitely ASU is up there," Innes, who is 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, said. "Once I get all my options in, I'm just going to take it and see which school is for me. I'd definitely say ASU is in my top two or three. I've got so many teammates going there, so it would be a great experience."
Innes has offers from ASU and Stanford. He said other schools like Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, UNLV, Utah and UTEP have been in contact with him this spring.
"It's going pretty good, I got to talk with coach Bob Gregory from Cal and coach Tim Kish from Arizona," Innes said. "I gave them my game film. And then coach (Gregg) Smith stopped by. He is ASU's offensive line coach. It's starting to heat up, I'm getting into it now.
"I don't have any new offers as of yet. But some coaches are getting pretty close, that's what my coaches told me."
Innes said he's also getting to know a few of the coaches recruiting him.
"I love all of ASU's coaching staff, and Bob Gregory seems like a really cool guy," he said. "Coach Kish, that was the first time I met him. He seems like a good guy. I talked to a coach from San Diego State yesterday, and the recruiting coordinator for Arizona seemed like a pretty cool guy."
With ASU already offering, what would an UofA offer mean?
"I got to check out their weight room when I went down there last year, and that was really cool," Innes said. "It was the first time meeting coach Kish. I haven't really looked into their academics that much. I hear they have a pretty good pre-med degree. I'm looking for a school with good academics."
That's why places like Cal and Stanford are also a factor.
"Cal's a cool school," Innes said. "I haven't been able to drop in there yet. Those schools in California have just naturally nice facilities because they're in California. I'm looking into going to ASU, UCLA or Cal's camps this summer. I don't know, there's just so many to choose from and they all cost money."
Innes said he isn't in a rush to make a decision.
"I'm enjoying the experience right now," he said. "I'm not sure exactly when I'm going to make my choice. I'm really just focused on helping my team win another state championship right now. I still think about college, but my goal for next year is really to win that championship and to also keep my grades up."
Innes has been flattered by all the attention, and from the sounds of it, he knows why the coaches like him.
"I think I'm one of the quicker, athletic offensive linemen," he said. "I consistently run 4.9s, the lowest I've run is a 4.8. At a combine I was at I ran my slowest time yet, a 5.0. I change directions quickly, my shuttle at the combine was a 4.52. I think it really sets you apart from some of the other linemen who are just big bodies."