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Arizona State football recruiting: scouting take on defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau

ASU landed a solid prospect in Faamatau while they wait to see if they can land a big fish with Rasheem Green

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Arizona State is attempting to have the kind of finish in recruiting that they have never had before. They are in the running for several top ranked defensive players like Porter GustinJohn Houston, and Rasheem Green that are all going to make their selection on signing day.

In the meantime, they are busy filling out the rest of their class and just landed a nice addition in former Washington State defensive tackle commit, Dillon Faamatau. What kind of player are the Sun Devils getting in Faamatau?

Dillon Faamatau - 3 star defensive tackle

Faamatau is not overly explosive, but moves well for an interior defensive lineman. He's currently listed at around 280 pounds and is likely going to eventually weigh over 300 and projects as a nose tackle in ASU's defensive scheme.

I would not expect him to be the kind of player who can knife into an offensive backfield with quickness because his first step is fairly inconsistent right now and needs to improve. He is, however, extremely strong at the point of attack and is tough to move when he plays with good pad level. He flashes the ability to deliver a solid punch out of his stance and can hold up versus the double team. He does a nice job of disengaging from blocks as well.

As a pass rusher he isn't much of a threat right now because he lacks pass rush moves. Because he doesn't have great lateral quickness, he needs to be more consistent in getting off at the snap of the ball and using violent hands. If he does that consistently, then he can concentrate on developing counters off of that and that could make him an effective interior pass rusher.

He's likely not going to be a player who steps in right away to play, but he has the potential to become a very solid run defender eventually for the Sun Devils.