September 4, 2009

Burfict certified by NCAA Clearinghouse

ASUDevils.com has learned that Vontaze Burfict has been certified for initial eligibility by the NCAA clearinghouse.

Burfict is expected to play in the Sun Devil's season opener against Idaho State Saturday Night.

"He'll be here for the first game." Erickson said. "Because he's done everything he's supposed to do."

Burfict, a 6-foot-3, 245-pounder who played at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., is the highest rated prospect to ever sign with Arizona State. He was No. 9 overall and No. 1 at the inside linebacker position in the national 2009 recruiting class by Rivals.com.

Defensive end Greg Smith also has been certified for initial eligibility by the NCAA clearinghouse.

Bufict made a big impression on his head coach and is expected to play a major role now that he is cleared.

"He's all over the field," Erickson said. "He's physical, he's got a great motor. He's got great football instincts more than anything. He sees a hole open up on a blitz and he takes it even if it's not the hole he's supposed to go (in). He's got great instincts and is strong and fast."





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