Phoenix TE on the verge?

Steven Figueroa

OREGON STATE is one of two recruiting a Phoenix-area tight end prospect the hardest. The Beavs have offered, and he has a good rapport with OSU area recruiting coach Mike Cavanaugh. But the Desert Vista High product was at another Pac-10 school's summer youth camp yesterday and the 6-5, 220-pounder says he's on the verge of making a verbal commitment.

Nevada was the latest school to offer Steven Figueroa, joining Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado State, Nebraska, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah.

Coach Mike Cavanaugh is running the recruiting point for the Beavs.

"UNLV and Oregon State are definitely talking to me the most. They're texting me, sending me handwritten letters a lot more than any other school. Coach Cav seems like a really cool guy, I've met him a couple times. I haven't seen the facilities or know much about them, though," said Figueroa.

And if Oregon State is to eventually land Figueroa, they'll probably need to change his mind in short order. Figueroa says he's just about ready to pull the trigger and stay close to home.

"Actually I'm pretty sure I've made up my mind on my school and it's going to be ASU. I've definitely been thinking about verballing. I was there (Sunday) and met the whole coaching staff again. I like coach (Dennis) Erickson a lot. I talked to coach (Dan) Cozzetto a little bit and he was asking me if I'm going to be their first tight end. So I'm pretty sure that's what I'm going to be doing, probably in the next couple weeks," he said.

Figueroa said distance, the coaching staff and growing up rooting for the Sun Devils are key considerations.

"The fact they're real close to home, I've always been an ASU fan, I've met the coaching staff and coach Erickson is a great guy. I haven't made my official decision but it's something that's a definite possibility in the next couple weeks," Figueroa said.

In about two weeks time, he'll likely be taking a trip out West.

"Probably next weekend, I'll be going to the U of A camp and that's all (the camps) I have planned. For Father's Day, I'm going out to California so there's a possibility of stopping in and looking at UCLA and San Diego State," he said.

His junior season, Figueroa had 16 receptions for 252 yards and 4 TDs. He will enter his senior season as a two year starter for Desert Vista.

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