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February 11, 2012

Wahlstrom could see field early

Of all the high prospects Arizona State signed in the 2012 class it's the one with the least fanfare who will likely be counted on to help most immediately.

Scottsdale Desert Mountain longsnapper Easton Wahlstrom celebrated National Signing Day like many of his peers at the National Football Foundation Signing Day Spectacular last week.

But it was a little different for Wahlstrom. He was the only player in attendance already enrolled in school and working out with his new college teammates. He signed paperwork with the NCAA in December after graduating early from high school.

"I feel great today," Wahlstrom said on signing day. "I feel real confident that I made the right decision. I am real confident with what Coach (Todd) Graham is doing with the program and I can't wait for spring ball.

"Right now we are working real hard with the off-season program. The strength and conditioning is intense. The older players are liking and adjusting to the program. Coach Graham is about character and he wants things done right. He really, really wants us to win."

Wahlstrom had finished school and begun the process of preparing for early entrance at ASU before he even knew who the coach was going to be. Hours after he was hired Graham called Wahlstrom.

"Coach Graham called me that Thursday night," Wahlstrom said. "It was a good conversation, real positive upbeat guy who is ready to get to work and coach ASU."

ASU was not the only school taking notice of Wahlstrom, who is ranked as the No. 12 long snapper in the nation by Kohl's kicking.

"I received a lot of interest," Wahlstrom said. "BYU, Fresno State, University of Tulsa, Michigan State, NAU, University of Houston and Utah. All of those schools invited me to their special teams camps or I visited and worked out for the summer."

The Sun Devils new longsnapper is comfortable in his role.

"I will be a Sun Devil and I am ready to get started and do my part to make ASU's special teams the best in the country. Ideally after today no one knows my name as long snappers should be invisible."


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