January 14, 2008

Briehl offered ASU greyshirt possibility

While on a recruiting trip to Air Force last weekend, Notre Dame Prep tight end Austin Briehl thought he knew where he would likely be spending the next chapter of his life. A phone call with Arizona State assistant coach Grady Stretz on Sunday gave him pause.

"I guess [Arizona State] sat down as an entire staff and watched a lot of my game film and highlight tape recently and were really impressed," Briehl said. "I played phone tag with them the whole weekend and then got a hold of coach Stretz on Sunday. He basically told me that they overloaded this year on scholarships the gave out and the wanted to offer me one but the only catch was that I would have to greyshirt."

In recruiting parlance, greyshirt most commonly means delayed enrollment. Should he select Arizona State, Briehl would not attend school until the spring semester in 2009, beginning in January.

"I'm totally fine with that," Briehl said. "It's a big time school and I'm very happy to consider it. I'm probably going to take a visit there later this month and I'm excited about it. They just told me they need me for next year's class because they gave out too many scholarships.

"I do have a scholarship to go to their school but if I greyshirt I'll go in January and they'll be paying starting then. I can be there for spring ball next year and red shirting is also a possibility after the greyshirt depending on how it works out."

Briehl reportedly has several other scholarship offers and accepting ASU's greyshirt is by no means a done deal. He already visited UNLV officially in December and has a similar trip scheduled this weekend for Boise State. Those schools are still under consideration, but Briehl appeared to favor Air Force, which he just visited last weekend., until this new development.

"After this weekend I thought Air Force was the place I wanted to be but after I got that call from ASU, it's definitely a place I'm going to consider. I'm going to give it a shot and see what it has to offer with football and academics. It's going to be a tougher decision for me I guess.

"ASU said they'd been watching me all year, and watched more film with Erickson, really recently and they wanted me in the program. It's a big time development and amazing for me to have that kind of option. It's a run at the BCS someday, maybe."

Briehl said he anticipated making his visit to Boise State and then Arizona State the following weekend or the final weekend of the recruiting cycle, and then having a decision near the end of the month or in early February.

The 6-foot-5, 215 pound Briehl had a big season playing for 4A Division II state champion Notre Dame Prep alongside quarterback Sean Renfree, a top Arizona State target. The Saints went 13-1 and Briehl had 45 catches for 682 yards and eight touchdowns.

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