Mercy Maston had strongly considered ending his recruitment months ago but the Bakersfield, Calif., safety wanted to research all his options to find the best fit.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect is happy he waited.
Maston, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, visited Arizona State this weekend and found everything he wanted there. He liked the coaching staff, the players, the campus and the competition he sees in the secondary so Maston decided to make his pledge.
No more visits. No more recruiting talk. Maston said he's finished with it all and happy he's heading to Arizona State.
"Everything about it is nice," Maston said. "It is really nice down there. The campus was great. I liked how it was big because it reminded me of my high school and I like how it's spread out.
"The coaching staff, they all liked me a lot especially coach (Greg) Burns and coach (Craig) Bray. They all liked me and they have a really nice pool, a nice weight room and the field is great. I was talking to (Alden) Darby and he said it was a great place and I fell in love with it."
Arizona State, Boise State, UCLA and San Jose State were the finalists for Maston, rated No. 68 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com. The Bruins were considered a frontrunner for some time but the longer Maston's recruitment went on, more teams got involved.
The Sun Devils offered everything Maston was looking for so he decided to not prolong it any more. Before leaving Tempe, the Bakersfield recruit committed.
"It feels like some stress is off my shoulders," Maston said. "Now I can focus on school and knock it out and then make my way to Arizona State.
"They have a lot of competition. That's what I want to be around."