Sun Devils closely watching Gavigan-

Chris Karpman

Redlands (Calif.) offensive guard Kevin Gavigan visited Arizona State for its Junior Day last Saturday and has the Sun Devils among his favorites after seeing what the school has to offer.

Kevin Gavigan has Arizona State in his Top-3 following a visit to the school

“It was a great experience, the coaching staff was amazing, they were sincere, nice, great guys who had a genuine interest in every one of their recruits,” Gavigan said. “The tour was both informative and inspiring, making me move ASU from my Top-10 list to my Top-3. The top 3 schools that I have right now would be, in no particular order, Arizona State, Purdue, and NAU.”

Gavigan, 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, said his favorite part of the trip was getting individual time with line coach Gregg Smith

“He pulled me aside and spoke to me and my dad, telling us of his genuine interest in me as a young man and as a football player,” Gavigan said. “The best thing specifically that he told me, was that he wants young men on the offensive line who are not (necessarily) the biggest, not the top recruits sometimes, but hardworking young men.

“It really appealed to me that the level of success at ASU is based on the amount of time and effort you put in, and all the tools for your success are there for you.”

Gavigan said he’s planning to see San Jose State and San Diego State this off-season, and possibly UC Davis and NAU. He’s also being recruited by Arkansas State, Colorado, Idaho, Marshall, Old Dominion, Pitt and Utah State.

“ASU is really the first [regional] Division I school to come at me this quickly, but i have been to USC and San Diego State and have kind of looked around at their facilities and what not,” Gavigan said. “I think ASU’s facilities rival both schools, and the coaching staff is just as good as both schools if not better. The amount of genuine care they have in their players just rivals anybody. It’s like a huge family. One of the offensive linemen I interacted with at the camp said they are more down to earth than other coaches.”

A two-sport standout at Redlands, Gavigan also serves as designated hitter on the baseball team.

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