Myles Jack has some thinking to do. He won't deny that. The four-star linebacker remains committed to UCLA. His weekend trip to Arizona State didn't change that. Not yet, anyway. Thing is, he's not saying that it won't sometime down the road.
"The official visits are important to me," Jack said. "I have to take all of them and then really weigh my options. These visits are way different than junior days or unofficials. This is where you can really tell."
Visit No. 1 certainly made an impact. He wrapped up his trip to Tempe with a new view of the Sun Devils program. In a way, his words are the standard post-visit fare. In another way, though, they seem stronger than that.
Jack is a man in reflection. That much is clear.
"I just enjoyed it at Arizona State," he said. "It's the perfect fit for me. There's nothing bad about the program at all. It's a perfect fit. I have to take all my officials. That's the whole point. I have to compare and contrast because I know UCLA is going to be a good fit for me, too."
Jack plans to major in communications and spent a chunk of his trip touring Arizona State's journalism school. There was a walkthrough of the the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and an emphasis placed on the opportunities it presents. There was plenty of football discussion, too. But for whatever reason, Jack's mind snapped to the academic side of things first when asked about his weekend.
"I got the background information on what I'd be doing in school," he said. "I really enjoyed that because I'd get to be hands on during my freshman year and stuff. They're ranked third in the country and the internships that they hook people up with are great, That was big for me. "
Sun Devils defensive tackle Will Sutton served as Jack's host over the weekend. And his words, not any coach's, may have been the experiences' most important. Sutton, after all, has a built-in sales technique. Of course it helps that he believes in the product he's pitching.
"He could have went to the NFL this year but he chose to stay," Jack said of Sutton. "He really believes in the program. That's one of the main reason why he stayed.
Jack will visit UCLA, to which he committed in June of last year, this weekend before hitting Washington seven days later. As for his third visit, he remains in the process of choosing between Florida State and Oregon.
As a senior at Washington's Bellevue High School, Jack racked up 98 tackles and 24 sacks. He was also selected to play in this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Arizona State assistant Paul Randolph is handling Jack's recruitment for the Sun Devils.