As part of its 2013 recruiting class, Arizona State University signed coveted wide receiver Jaelen Strong. A product of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce Community College, Strong is looking to bolster a thin Sun Devil receiving corps after joining his teammates for fall practice.
Strong was rated as a 4-star prospect, the No. 6 junior college wide receiver and the No. 15 overall prospect by ESPN. During his freshman season with the Pierce College Brahmas, he recorded 1,263 yards in 10 games, scoring 15 touchdowns and averaging 18.9 yards a catch. In addition to his speed, Strong is also an elusive open-field runner. He is proficient at quick hook routes and short slants designed to get him the ball in open space. After making a catch, Strong is able to elude arm-tackles and gain extra yardage on almost every play.
Strong praised Sun Devil head coach Todd Graham’s staff prior to signing his national letter of intent with ASU in early February of this year. “No school has showed me more love than Arizona State,” he said. “I came from nothing and I know that the ASU coaches can give me everything that I need in football and in academics. I checked each coach’s background there and I saw the type of men they were. I talked to players at Arizona State who told me that this would be a good fit for me.”