Arizona State commit Easton Wahlstrom was in Tempe last weekend when the Sun Devils pounded USC and the 6-foot-1, 240-pound center loved what he witnessed during the big Pac-12 matchup.
"It was a very intense game," Wahlstrom said. "I loved it. From what I've heard they haven't beaten them in 11 years.
"It seemed watching the student section and the whole atmosphere of the game it's electrifying. You see the coaches, coach (Dennis) Erickson, he creates a sense of family for the whole team. It's able to project real energy for the whole team."
Once Arizona State offered last month, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain prospect almost immediately jumped on it and committed. He said playing at Arizona State has always been his dream so once it became a possibility he didn't want to waste anyone's time.
"It's great because I've always wanted to be a Sun Devil," Wahlstrom said.
"To even get the opportunity to do it is just amazing. They have a lot of talent coming in right now. This is the best I've ever seen and right now they're getting ahead, they're getting there."
It's right in time for Wahlstrom to get on campus. He likes the direction of the program under Erickson, who has been on the proverbial hot seat in recent years, but Wahlstrom sees things being turned around. A big win over perennial Pac-12 powerhouse USC is a good sign.
"It's definitely a credit to Erickson," Wahlstrom said. "He's a smart guy and he knows exactly what he's doing."
Michigan State, BYU, Fresno State and Tulsa are four other programs coming after Wahlstrom but he doesn't seem that interested in other schools. Playing at Arizona State has always been his dream so for now he's sticking with the Sun Devils.
"I'm strongly committed to being a Sun Devil right now," Wahlstrom said. "I'm going to stay with ASU."