December 9, 2004
San Diego High School quarterback Jason Forcier, who had made a verbal commitment to Arizona State in October, has withdrawn that commitment and given one to the University of Michigan.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Forcier, who threw for 2,915 yards and 40 touchdowns while running for an additional 1,014 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior for Saint Augustine High School, told the Rivals.com Web site on Tuesday night that he had decided to sign with the Wolverines after making a weekend visit to Ann Arbor.
“I officially committed (Tuesday) night," Forcier said. “One of the reasons that I chose Michigan is because I always wanted to be a Wolverine. Once I graduate from high school I'm going to take two weeks off to enjoy my family and friends, then I'm going to fly to Ann Arbor and participate in workouts with the team.''
This is the second time in three years ASU and Michigan have been involved with an indecisive quarterback. Sam Keller, who will lead ASU into the Sun Bowl against Purdue on Dec. 31, originally committed to the Wolverines before changing his mind and selecting the Sun Devils. ASU will lose seniors Andrew Walter and Chad Christensen to graduation but still has Keller (a sophomore), freshman Rudy Carpenter (who is redshirting), freshman Max Hall (leaving on a two-year Mormon mission) and remains in the running for top recruit Ben Olson.
ASU freshman tight end Zach Miller was honored as a second-team All-American by The Sporting News — one of only four freshmen in the nation to make the first or second team as selected by the publication.
Both Miller, who set school records for a freshman with 51 receptions and 524 yards, and ASU punter Chris MacDonald were selected to The Sporting News All-Freshman team on Tuesday.
ASU announced its practice schedule while it is in El Paso for the Sun Bowl.
After arriving in Texas on Dec. 26, the Sun Devils will have three workouts (Dec. 27-29) that will take place at Sun Bowl Stadium, as well as its Dec. 30 walkthrough.