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Friday, May 23, 2008

Stanley Malamala signs with Arizona State

Arizona State added a tight end to its incoming recruiting class by signing Stanley Malamala of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Malamala, 6-foot-4, 254 pounds, chose ASU over Oregon and Texas A&M. He obtained his associate degree on Friday and plans to start at ASU in June.

"I like the offense they play," Malamala said. "It's a big campus, and I like the coaches. I wanted to stay in the Pac-10," so it would be easier for his parents to visit from Hawaii.

He was first-team All-State as a senior at Lahainaluna High School on Maui and has three years to play two at ASU.

Golden West coach Nick Mitchell believes Malamala will make a quick adjustment to Division I football.

"He's extremely sharp picking up football, that won't be a problem whatsoever," Mitchell said. "He's used to playing against very good competition. There's always an adjustment period, but I have no doubt Stan will make that good. He has his head on straight and his priorities in order.

"He's good in the passing game, runs very good routes, has soft hands and good speed for his size. He's a smart, football savvy kid. We did a lot of different stuff with him in a pro-style offense. He played the tight end position. We also put him in at H-back and some fullback, moved him around, had him in motion and in the slot at times. He was very versatile for what we do."

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